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NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Ranger Truck Year: 1999

Number Involved: 330

Dates of Manufacture: July - August 1998

Defect: On certain pickup trucks equipped with 3.0-liter engines, an 'O-ring' seal in the fuel injection system could be damaged, allowing fuel leakage. In the presence of an ignition source, fuel leakage can result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the pulse damper, which is a component of the fuel injection system. Owner notification began Sept. 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. 98V201/Ford Recall No. 98S24]

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.