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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford Ranger Year: 1998

Number Involved: 2,000
Dates of Manufacture: August - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V186 Ford Campaign No. 97S89
Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks equipped with 4.0-liter engines.
Description of Defect: The flexible section of the chassis mounted fuel line connecting the engine was routed too close to the exhaust manifold and the line could contact the manifold.
Consequence of Defect: This could potentially result in damage to the fuel line, or in some cases, cause a fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install an additional clip to hold the fuel line in the intended design position.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin Dec. 1, 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 Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

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.