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March 15, 1999
NHTSA 05-98
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Federal Mogul Corporation
Guardian 65-249
Midas BP1259M
AutoPro 3M7125A
Rockhill RM249
Pronto PMD249

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.