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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 1999

NHTSA 20-99
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:
Ford Contour Year: 1999
Mercury Mystique Year: 1999
Number Involved: 4,600
Dates of Manufacture: Jan. 4-14, 1999
Noncompliance: Passenger vehicles built with automatic transmissions which utilize a PARK/LOCK solenoid. It is possible to rotate the ignition key to the LOCK position and remove the key without the shift lever and transmission being in PARK. These vehicles do not comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection."

Remedy: Dealers will inspect these vehicles. Vehicles that have units with ignition keys removable in gear positions other than PARK will have the steering column replaced. Owner notification was 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. 99V060/Ford Recall No. 99S06]