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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford Windstar Years: 1998


Number Involved: N/A
Dates of Manufacture:N/A
NHTSA Recall No.: 98B22
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect:This is not a safety defect in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On these minivans sold during the months of December 1996, and January, February and May 1997, one or both of the two bolts that hold the front brake caliper anchor plate to the wheel spindle can loosen and fall out. If the upper bolt falls out, the caliper can pivot outward contacting the inside of the wheel rim resulting in wheel lockup.
Remedy: Dealers will tighten the bolts on the front brake caliper anchor plate to the hub and spindle assembly.
Owner Notification: Owners can 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.