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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 1999

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

Ford Motor Company

Models:
Ford Expedition Year: 1999
Lincoln Navigator Year: 1999

Number Involved: 50,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1998 - April 1999
Noncompliance: On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive (4x4) and 17-inch chrome steel wheels, the clamp load can be lost on the wheel lugs due to insufficient wheel contact area with the hub. In some cases, the contact area can deform, resulting in a loss of lug nut torque. Loss of lug nut torque can cause vibration or separation of a wheel and tire from the vehicle.
Remedy: Dealers will re-torque the wheel lugs to proper specifications and also install a label that specifies that the wheel lugs be torqued to 110 pound-feet any time the wheel is removed. Owner notification was expected to begin during May 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V099/Ford Recall No. 99S12]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed. 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.

 

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