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Some Ford vehicles for flying hoods

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 770,000 Windstar minivans and Mustang sports cars after complaints the hoods were flying off some of the vehicles, the company said Thursday.

There have been 45 complaints that the hoods' top panel detached from the lower panel, flying off or up against the windshield while the vehicle was moving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The lower panel remains over the engine, secured by the hood latch, the report said.

"Ford is addressing the issue, and dealers will have parts shortly" to fix the vehicles, said Ford spokeswoman Karen Shaughnessy.

Being recalled are 1995-96 Windstars and 1994-96 Mustangs.

The report said motorists reported two crashes and one injury from the flying hoods. The company has told the government the likely cause was damage in prior low-speed collisions.

Computer adapters

WASHINGTON _ Dell Computer Corp. is recalling about 233,000 AC adapters, citing a potential shock hazard.

The adapters come with the Dell Latitude LM notebook computers and Latitude LM port replicators. The port replicator is a docking station that connects the notebook computer to an external keyboard and monitor.

Dell said the AC adapter's connector pins can break off but remain in the power cord, posing a shock hazard.

Dell has received 111 reports of adapter connector pins breaking off, but no injuries have been reported.

Consumers can reach Dell at 1-800-715-1483.