|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Contact: Tim Hurd
||Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ford Motor Company
|Ford F350 Truck
Number Involved: 720
Dates of Manufacture: October 1997 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V056
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
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.