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Recall 98V161000

Ford Recalls 1997-1998 F150 Models for Possible Spring Contact with Rear Tires

Recall Details

Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 F150 vehicles because the leaf springs may come into contact with the fuel tank. If this happens, the fuel tank could be damaged, which can cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will install a clip on the leaf springs to keep them from contacting the fuel tank; fractured springs will be replaced.

Affected Cars

Engine, August 10, 1998

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
August 10, 1998
NHTSA Action Number
RQ98022
Potential Number of Units Affected
202,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
98V161000
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY 4-WHEEL DRIVE PICKUP TRUCKS. IF THE VEHICLE IS OVERLOADED, THE REAR LEAF SPRINGS CAN BE OVERSTRESSED. A FATIGUE FRACTURE OF THE SPRING CAN OCCUR. THE CENTER LEAF OF THE SPRING CAN FRACTURE AT THE FORWARD EDGE OF THE SPRING SEAT AND, IN SOME CASES, CONTACT THE FUEL TANK.
Consequence
FUEL TANK CONTACT CAN DAMAGE THE TANK AND RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE. FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR SPRINGS AND INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL CLIP ON THE FORWARD END OF THE REAR SPRINGS TO PREVENT FUEL TANK CONTACT IN THE EVENT OF A LEAF FRACTURE. ANY FRACTURED SPRINGS WILL BE REPLACED.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AUGUST 10, 1998.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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