|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|February 8, 1999
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
Ford Motor Company
Models: Ford Expedition Year: 1999
Lincoln Navigator Year: 1999
Number Involved: 305
Dates of Manufacture: August 1998
Defect: The fuel line assemblies on
these sport utility vehicles may have been damaged by the supplier during manufacturing,
allowing leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect these
vehicles and, if necessary, replace the front and rear fuel line assemblies. Owner
notification began Jan. 3, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V312/Ford Recall No. 98S35]
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.
NHTSA said 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.