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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jun  29, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Campaign # 99S14
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 99V103000

Ford Recalls 1996 and 1998 Contour and Mercury Mystique

DETROIT - (www.safetyalerts.com - STN) Ford Motor Company announced today the recall of certain Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique automobiles, manufactured between April, 1995 and August 1998, because of problems with the headlight switch and wiring harness connectors.

In some of these 1996, 1997 and 1998 model passenger vehicles, the terminals at the headlight switch and wiring harness connector can experience heat damage as a result of overheating.

The damage to these parts could result in distortion of the terminal causing an open circuit in the instrument panel illumination, parking lamp, and tail lamp circuits.

To remedy the problem, dealers will install a headlamp switch wiring connector containing bronze terminals and an inspection, and replacement if necessary, of the headlamp switch.

Ford Expects to begin owner notification to begin during May-June 1999. 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. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).