|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
Number Involved: 140,000
Dates of Manufacture: October 1987 - November 1989
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V190
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
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.