|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
Number Involved: 470
Dates of Manufacture: Prior to May 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E020
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
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.