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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 F700 Truck Years: 1998
Ford F800 Truck Years: 1998

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.