Ford Motor Company
Models: Ford Taurus Year: 1999
Mercury Sable Year: 1999
Number Involved: 1,800
Dates of Manufacture: August - September 1998
Defect: On vehicles equipped with the "California" emissions package, marketed in California, and certain northeastern states, an incorrect transmission oil cooler line was installed. The line contacts the anti-lock braking system module support bracket and, over time, can wear and develop a leak. Transmission fluid can then leak onto the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, resulting in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will install the appropriate transmission oil cooler line. Owner notification is expected to begin Dec. 21, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V288/Ford Recall No. 98S31]