FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
Ford Econoline Year: 1999
Ford E150 Year: 1999
Ford E250 Year: 1999
Ford E350 Year: 1999
Number Involved: 2,000
Dates of Manufacture: Jan. 29 through Feb. 7, 1999
Noncompliance: Vehicles equipped with the "60/40" hinged side
cargo doors. The strikers for the 60/40 door single latch system were found to contain
stress cracks at the striker lower stake joint. Strikers with stress cracks may not meet
the requirements of FMVSS No. 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
In the event of a crash, the door strikers may not hold the door, increasing the risk of
personal injury or property damage.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the
door striker. Owner notification was to begin during April 1999. Owners who do not receive
the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-33673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 99V046/Ford Recall No. 99S04]