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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford Ranger Years: 1998

Number Involved: 11,500
Dates of Manufacture: May 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V021 Ford Campaign No. 98S02
Vehicle Description: Light duty four-wheel drive pickup trucks equipped with off-road option.
Description of Noncompliance: The tire and rim identification information is incorrect on these vehicles. This does not comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 120, "Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles other than Passenger Cars."
Consequence of Noncompliance: The 16-inch tires could not be inflated on the specified 15x7.0J rim.
Corrective Action: Owners will be sent a safety certification label partial overlay which will contain the correct rim size, and instructions for affixing this label to the vehicle. If an owner so desires, their Ford dealer can install the label for them.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began March 2, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and 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.