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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Taurus Year: 1999

Mercury Sable Year: 1999

Number Involved: 6,000

Dates of Manufacture: August 1998

Defect: A dash insulator retainer clip was not fully assembled to the accelerator cable dash fitting. The clip can disengage from the accelerator cable and fall into the accelerator pedal arm pivot area. If this condition occurs, the engine may not fully return to idle. Also, the insulator may not stay in the intended location and could interfere with the accelerator cable.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect these vehicles to ensure proper installation of the accelerator cable clip, and re-install if needed. 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.98V204/Ford Recall No. 98S25]

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.