|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
Number Involved: 202,000
Dates of Manufacture:November 1995 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98S18
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
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
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.