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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford F250 Year: 1997
Ford F350 Year: 1997
Ford F Super Duty Chassis Year: 1997

Number Involved: 31,600
Dates of Manufacture: September 1996 - July 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V187 Ford Campaign No. 97S90
Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and chassis.
Description of Defect: The tires on these vehicles were damaged during mounting onto the wheels.
Consequence of Defect: The bead area of the tire was cut, which can result in air loss. Sudden air loss could occur, resulting in a loss of vehicle control.
Corrective Action: Ford has made arrangements with Firestone Tire for the installation of new tires on these vehicles. Owners will be requested to contact a local Firestone dealer to arrange for the installation of new tires at no cost to the owner.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin Dec. 1, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to a Firestone dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Firestone at 1-800-457-6281.

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.