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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 12-98
March 11, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
Models: Ford F-150 Truck Years: 1997-1998
Number Involved: 45,000
Dates of Manufacture: November 1995 - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V007 Ford Campaign No. 97S96

Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks equipped with a 4.2-liter engine and originally sold or currently registered in one of the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Description of Defect: The throttle is unable to return to idle due to ice forming in the throttle body when the temperature ranges from -10 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consequence of Defect: Increased brake pedal effort may be necessary or some increase in stopping distance could result.

Corrective Action: Dealers will install a revised PCV system on these vehicles.

Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin by Feb. 23, 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.