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

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford Explorer Years: 1997 - 1998
Mercury Mountaineer Years: 1997 - 1998


Number Involved: 320,000
Dates of Manufacture: August 1996 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V060
Description of Defect: The affected sport utility vehicles are equipped with 4.0-liter single overhead cam engines. The engine fuel lines can be damaged if the vehicle is jump started and the ground cable is attached to the fuel line bracket that is located near the battery. Since the bracket is not grounded, the stainless steel fuel line braid could act as a ground, potentially overheating the inner liner of the fuel line and resulting in damage to the fuel line. A fire can result if the fuel lines leak in the presence of an ignition source.
Remedy: Dealers will install a warning label on the fuel line bracket advising owners not to use it for a jump start ground. Also a revised bolt will be installed in the alternator bracket to provide a convenient jump start ground location.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began April 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.