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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: 1992-1997

Number Involved: 757,000
Dates of Manufacture:  August 1991 - August 1997
Defect:   These vehicles were produced with a higher than specified electrical load through the accessory power feed circuit that connects to the A2 (accessory) terminal within the ignition switch. As a result, during start-up, electrical arcing of the A2 terminal to the terminal bridge could potentially cause pitting of the bridge. This condition, over time, could create a short circuit and allow current to flow through the ground wiring, causing overheating and the potential for a vehicle fire.

Remedy: Dealers will install a jumper harness with a relay which will re-route and activate all A2 accessories through the relay. 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. 99V029/Ford Recall No. 99S02]

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.