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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford Explorer Years: 1998

Number Involved: 1,100
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V215 Ford Campaign No. 97S93
Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles, Eddie Bauer and Limited Editions.
Description of Compliance: The key-in-ignition/door open warning chime may not function when the door is opened. This does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection."
Consequence of Compliance: The standard specifies that a warning to the driver shall be actuated whenever the key has been left in the locking system and the driver's door is opened.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a jumper wire to provide the necessary ground circuit in these vehicles.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 19, 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.