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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 05-98
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.