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

Ford Motor Company


Ford F350 Truck Years: 1999

Number Involved: 720
Dates of Manufacture: October 1997 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V056
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The affected vehicles are Supercab F350 pickup trucks. The positive battery cable is taped to the negative cable which contains a clip to secure the assembly to the side frame rail. If incorrectly positioned, the positive battery cable can contact the air conditioning compressor pulley. If the cable wears, a complete electrical system failure can occur, which could cause sparking and/or ignition of flammable material.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect and/or modify the battery cable clips to ensure that they are properly located.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Feb. 27, 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.