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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 Explorer Years: 1997-1999
Mercury Mountaineer Years: 1998-1999
Ford Ranger Years: 1998-1999
Ford Mustang Years: 1998-1999
Ford F150 Truck Year: 1999
Ford F250 Truck Year: 1999
Ford F350 Truck Year: 1999
Ford F450 Truck Year: 1999
Ford F-53 Truck Chassis Year: 1999
Number Involved: 895,000
Dates of Manufacture: May 1996 - March 1999
Defect: Certain 1997-1999 RHD Explorer equipped with 4.0-liter OHV/SOHC engines and speed control built from May 29, 1996 through March 4, 1999; 1998-1999 Explorer/Mountaineers equipped with 4.0-liter OHV/SOHC or 5.0-liter engines or 1998-1999 Rangers equipped with 2.5-liter, 3.0-liter FFV/EFI or 4.0-liter engines and speed control built from January 5, 1998 through March 4, 1999; 1998-1999 Mustangs equipped with 3.8-liter, 4.6-liter 2-valve or 4-valve engines and speed control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999; 1999 F250/F350/F450/F550 (over 8,500 lbs.) trucks equipped with 5.4-liter or 6.8-liter engines and speed control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999; and 1999 F-53 stripped chassis equipped with 5.4-liter or 6.8-liter engines and speed control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999. The speed control cable can interfere with the speed control servo pulley and not allow the throttle to return to idle when disengaging the speed control. If the speed control is used and this condition is present, a stuck throttle could result, increasing the potential for a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the speed control cable. Owners will receive two notices: the first notice was to begin during March 1999; and the second notice will be made when parts are available (anticipated late April, early May). Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V062/Ford Recall No. 99S09]