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Contact: Tim Hurd

Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Probe Year: 1997

Number Involved: 5,700

Dates of Manufacture: December 1996 - June 1997

Defect: An external spring in the timing belt tensioner can break, get caught in the timing belt, and result in engine stalling.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the tensioner and replace it if necessary. Owner notification began in November 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V206002/Ford Recall No. 98S30]

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.