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Contact: Tim Hurd

Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Expedition Year: 1999

Lincoln Navigator Year: 1999

Number Involved: 4,000

Dates of Manufacture: October - November 1998

Defect: These sport utility vehicles may have a missing or partially installed retainer clip that holds the master cylinder push rod to the brake pedal arm. If so, increased brake stopping distances can occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect these vehicles to see if the retainer clip was installed, and repair, if necessary. Owner notification began Nov. 2, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V296/Ford Recall No. 98S32]

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.