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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 Taurus Years: 1993-1994
Mercury Sable Years: 1993-1994
Lincoln Continental Years: 1993-1994
Lincoln Mark VIII Years: 1993-1994
Number Involved: 506,000
Dates of Manufacture: December 1992 - September 1993
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V009 Ford Campaign No. 98S01

Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.

Description of Defect: The headlights can flash intermittently as a result of a circuit breaker opening. The vehicle's headlights can go out for brief intervals.

Consequence of Defect: Loss of headlights can affect a driver's ability to navigate the roadway and reduce the visibility of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Corrective Action: Dealers will install a headlight switch that incorporates a circuit breaker of revised design and installation of a wiring harness connector and wiring, if needed.

Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin by 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.