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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models:
Ford E350/Econoline Truck Year: 1999

Number Involved: 350

Dates of Manufacture: August 1998

Defect: These pickup trucks, equipped with single rear wheels and a 3.55:1 or 3.73:1 axle ratio, were built with incorrect speedometer driven gears, resulting in a lower speedometer reading than the actual vehicle speed being driven. This can result in the vehicle being driven at an unsafe or illegal speed should the driver not realize that his vehicle road speed is greater than what the speedometer indicates.

Remedy: Dealers will install the correct speedometer gear. Owner notification began November 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. 98V257/Ford Recall No. 98S28]

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.