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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford F150 Years: 1997-1998


Number Involved: 202,000
Dates of Manufacture:November 1995 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98S18
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: On these 4-wheel drive pickup trucks, if the vehicle is overloaded, the rear leaf springs can be over-stressed. A fatigue fracture of the spring can occur. The center leaf of the spring can fracture at the forward edge of the spring seat, and in some cases, contact the fuel tank. Fuel tank contact can damage the tank and result in fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the rear springs and install an additional clip on the forward end of the rear springs to prevent fuel tank contact in the event of a spring fracture. Any fractured springs will be replaced.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin on Aug. 10, 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.