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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
Ford F250 Years: 1997 - 1998
Ford Expedition Years: 1997 - 1998
Lincoln Navigator Years: 1997 - 1998


Number Involved: 1,520,000
Dates of Manufacture: December 1995 - April 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V095
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The lug nuts on these vehicles may not create sufficient clamp load allowing wheel movement in relation to the hub/rotor mounting surface. This can result in the loosening of lug nuts, stud fatigue failure, and the potential for a wheel separation from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the wheel studs and replace the wheel lug nuts.
Owner Notification: Owners of these vehicles will be receiving two notifications. The first notification will provide an interim repair procedure until parts become available. This interim procedure can be completed by owners or their dealers. It specifies that the lug nut torque must be verified to be 100 lbs. Then the lug nuts need to be tightened an additional 1/8 to 1/4 turn more. Owner notification is expected to begin July 20, 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.