Contact: Karen Shaughnessy
FORD ANNOUNCES VEHICLE CAMPAIGN
DEARBORN, Mich., May 18, 1999 -- Ford Motor
Company is notifying owners of approximately 279,000 1992 and 1993 model-year Lincoln Town
Car, Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria vehicles equipped with cruise control
of a voluntary safety recall involving the cruise control deactivation switch.
A defective cruise control deactivation switch may
short circuit, creating the potential for overheating, smoke and possibly fire. A short
also may disable the cruise control system or blow the brake light fuse.
Ford is in the process of acquiring replacement
cruise control deactivation switches and connectors to repair customers' vehicles. Until
replacement parts are available, customers are being instructed to take vehicles to
dealers to have the electrical connector from the cruise control deactivation switch
disconnected. This interim repair will also disable the cruise control.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by
mail beginning the week of May 24. Customers may also contact Ford's Customer Assistance
Center at 1-800-392-3673 or register at the company's OwnerConnection web site
(www.ownerconnection.com) to find out if their vehicle is included in the recall.
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