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NHTSA 05-98
Monday, December 29 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford Aerostar Years: 1992-1997

Number Involved: 75,000
Dates of Manufacture: January 1992 - January 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V204 Ford Campaign No. 97S83
Vehicle Description: All-wheel-drive minivans.
Description of Defect: These vehicles can develop powertrain bending resonance or displacement of the transfer case output shaft bushing. The powertrain bending resonance or the output shaft bushing displacement can result in structural failure of the transmission and/or transfer case. Fluid expulsion, drive shaft separation, or loss of vehicle drive can result. This condition is more likely to occur as a result of sustained driving at high speed and high ambient temperatures.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, and if the expelled fluid contacts the exhaust system, a vehicle fire could occur.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a new transfer case rear output shaft bushing and an aluminum drive shaft.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin Jan. 15, 1998.
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.