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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford Mustang Years: 1998

Number Involved: 8,000
Dates of Manufacture: August - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V216 Ford Campaign No. 97S93
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with 4.6-liter engines.
Description of Defect: Some of these vehicles have missing or inadequately brazed joints between the fuel rail body and the fuel rail mounting brackets.
Consequence of Defect: If the bracket separates from the rail, the rail can lift one or more of the injectors, and fuel leakage will result. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire can occur.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the fuel rail of these vehicles.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 15, 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.