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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford F150 Years: 1997-1998
Ford F250 Years: 1997-1998
Ford Expedition Years: 1997-1998
Ford Navigator Year: 1998

Number Involved: 866,000
Dates of Manufacture:Manufacture: June 1995 - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V182
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The main battery cable can contact a body panel located in the trunk, resulting in damage to the cable insulation.
Consequence of Defect: If the body panel comes in contact with the cable wire, a short circuit, loss of electrical supply, or fire could occur.
Corrective Action: Dealers will reposition the cable and replace any damaged cables.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during October 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Rolls-Royce at 1-201-967-9100.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.