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June 30, 2001

1997-2001 Ford E250 and E350 Vans Recalled

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting certain 1997-2001 Ford E250 and E350 vehicles. The affected vehicles were manufactured between April 1996 and November 2000.

On certain vans with ambulance packages or other severe-duty applications involving operation at or near the gross vehicle weight with frequent twisting of the vehicle body, such as off-road, rough road or speed bump events, the 35-gallon mid-ship fuel tank could develop a crack where it contacts the frame cross member.

If the fuel tank cracks, fuel leakage could occur. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

151,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and, if cracked, will replace the tank. Insulator pads will be installed on all vehicles to reduce the stress levels in the fuel tank.

The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on April 19, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V114/Ford Recall No. 01S14]

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Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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