|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, April 16, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
|Ford F700 Truck
|Ford F800 Truck
Number Involved: 1,600
Dates of Manufacture: March - June 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V041 Ford Campaign No. 98S05
Vehicle Description: Medium duty trucks and chassis-cabs.
Description of Defect: An automatic locking front wheel bearing adjusting nut was
damaged during installation, if removed with the incorrect tools, or if an incorrect
torque specification was used.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause the nut to rotate freely and lose
torque. It could rotate until it is no longer connected to the front spindle and allow the
front wheel to separate from the vehicle.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the front wheel bearing adjusting nuts with
castle nuts and cotter pins.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin April 15, 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.