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Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company


Ford Taurus Years: 1997 - 1998
Mercury Sable Years: 1997 - 1998

Number Involved: 328,100
Dates of Manufacture: June 1997 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V028002
Vehicle Description:
Noncompliance: The text and/or graphics for the vehicle headlamp aiming instructions provided in the owner manuals are not sufficiently clear. This does not meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." If the headlamp assemblies are replaced, customers may be confused by the aiming instructions provided in the owner manuals, causing the headlamps to be improperly aimed.
Remedy: Owner manual inserts containing revised aiming instructions will be mailed to owners of these vehicles.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began April 6, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free owner manual inserts 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.