NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS
Federal Mogul Corporation
Number Involved: 33,584
Defect: This recall involves aftermarket disc brake pads used as replacement
products for 1983-1985, 1987-1994 Ford Ranger, 1984-1985, 1987-1990 Bronco II, 1986-1997
Aerostar minivans, 1991-1994 Explorer, and 1991-1994 Mazda Navajo sport utility vehicles.
The locating lugs on the steel back of the outer brake pad were incorrectly positioned.
The outer brake pads could separate from the caliper during normal braking, increasing the
risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace these brake pads with
revised replacement pads. Owner and retailer notification was to begin during February
1999. Owners who are unable to receive the free replacement pads within a reasonable time
should contact Federal Mogul at 1-314-977-0300.
[NHTSA Recall No. 99E001]
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.