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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company


Ford Aerostar Years: 1988-1990

Number Involved: 140,000
Dates of Manufacture: October 1987 - November 1989
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V190
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Minivans registered in the following states or portions of states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (10 southern counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Imperial, and Kern Counties), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada (Clark County), Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, and in the U.S. Territories covered by the federal statutes. The upper portion of the fuel tank can develop cracks due to extended exposure to high ambient temperatures. Fuel vapor or leakage could occur at these cracks. If an ignition source is present, a fire could result.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel tank, regardless of mileage, through March 31, 2002. This coverage will be only for structural cracks at the top of the tank and will not include other damage caused by a crash or road debris.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin Oct. 26, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

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.