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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 29, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF FEBRUARY, 1999 RECALLS

Ford Motor Company
Models:
Ford Aerostar Mini Van Years: 1994-1995

Number Involved: 23,200
Dates of Manufacture:  June - August 1994
Defect:  Heat generation in the wiring harness to the fuel pump/sender assembly can cause an electrical short. The vehicle could experience a loss of power and become immobilized, and the fuel gauge may be erratic. Heat damage, including melting or charring of the fuel pump and sender assembly wire harness and associated wiring harnesses, can also result. The short circuit also has the potential to cause a vehicle fire.

Remedy: Dealers will install a fused jumper harness in the fuel pump ground circuit that will be installed at the fuel pump inertia shut-off switch. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V028/Ford Recall No. 99S01]

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.