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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company


Air Bag Switch

Number Involved: 470
Dates of Manufacture: Prior to May 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E020
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Aftermarket air bag control switch kits, Part Numbers F8DB - 14385, with the following suffixes: EA, FA, LA, MA, VA, and TA, can break if cycled frequently. These kits are specified for installation on Taurus, Sable, Windstar, Explorer, Mountaineer, Expedition, Navigator, and Ranger vehicles equipped with either driver or driver and front passenger air bags.
Remedy: Dealers will replace these switches with a revised switch.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin Aug. 24, 1998. Owners who 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.