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NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Contour Years: 1995-1998

Mercury Mystique Years: 1995-1998

Number Involved: 175,000

Dates of Manufacture: July 1994 - January 1998

Defect: The floor shift automatic transmission control can be damaged if subjected to certain interior cleaning products. The gear position indicator can deteriorate and not correctly indicate the actual gear position. This condition can result in incorrect gear selection.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission floor shift control. Owner notification was to begin Oct. 31, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. [NHTSA Recall No.98V233/Ford Recall No. 98S26]

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.