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NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Ford Motor Company


Ford Contour Years: 1995-1996
Mercury Mystique Years: 1995-1996

Number Involved: 38,000
Dates of Manufacture: April 1994 - August 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V225 Ford Campaign No. 97S95
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with the traction control option.
Description of Defect: The throttle cables were damaged during vehicle assembly, leading to fraying or separation of the throttle cable.
Consequence of Defect: This condition could prevent the engine from returning to idle.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the throttle cable with a revised design that is less susceptible to bending or kinking during installation.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Jan. 13, 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.