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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford F250 Years: 1999
Ford F350 Years: 1999
Ford F450 Years: 1999
Ford F550 Years: 1999


Number Involved: 90,000
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997 - May 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V116
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: One or more of the four rivets on the lower steering shaft coupling may not have been properly flared during manufacture. If a rivet is not flared correctly, the coupling could rotate on the shaft, resulting in a reduction or loss of steering control.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the lower steering shaft rivets and replace any shafts with improperly flared rivets.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began May 26, 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.