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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:

Lincoln Town Car Years: 1998
Lincoln Continental Years: 1998
Lincoln Navigator Years: 1998
Ford Contour Years: 1998
Mercury Mystique Years: 1998

Number Involved: 233,700
Dates of Manufacture: October - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V028 Ford Campaign No. 98S03
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Noncompliance: The text and/or graphics for the vehicle headlamp aiming instructions provided in the owner guides are not sufficiently clear. This does not meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence of Noncompliance: If the headlamp assemblies are replaced, customers may be confused by the aiming instructions provided in the owner guides causing the headlamps to be improperly aimed.
Corrective Action: Owner guide inserts containing revised aiming instructions, and directions for affixing these inserts to the owner guides, will be mailed to owners of these vehicles. If an owner so desires, a dealer can affix the inserts in their owner guide for them.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin March 23, 1998.
Note: Owners who do not receive the free owner guide inserts and directions 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.