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FORD ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACTIONS

 FORD ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACTIONS
 DEARBORN, Mich., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement


may be attributed to John P. King, Parts and Service Engineering Office manager, Ford Parts and Service Division:
 Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is announcing a voluntary safety recall involving about 517,600 trucks to modify the front brakes. The vehicles involved include certain 1988-1991 model year F-250 and F-350 trucks, over 8,500 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and equipped with 7.5L EFI, 7.3L Diesel, or 5.8L EFI (4x4 only) engines.
 In certain extremely severe driving conditions, the vehicle may experience a loss of front brake effectiveness due to overheating of brake fluid. These vehicles have a split brake system and the rear brakes remain operational.
 This condition has been reported primarily in vehicles operated in mountainous regions, and on vehicles that have been in service for a minimum of one to two years and where the brake fluid has absorbed moisture from the air, lowering its boiling point. It usually involves heavily loaded vehicles driving on long, steep grades, or when towing at, or near, the maximum Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) for towing. Warm weather also appears to contribute to this condition.
 The parts needed for the repairs are still being manufactured and are not yet in the dealerships. We expect the parts to be in dealerships by late April. At that time, Ford will mail recall letters to owners of the affected vehicles instructing them to return the vehicles to their dealerships to have the work performed at no charge. In the event a customer experiences this condition before receipt of the letter, the customer should contact a Ford dealer.
 Owners should make sure the truck is properly maintained. When driving on steep grades, owners should avoid "riding the brakes" and downshift the transmission to a lower gear to control speed. Owners should follow towing instructions in the owner guide to make sure that they do not exceed the GCWR during normal operation. Additionally, trailer brakes should be inspected to ensure that they are properly connected to the vehicle and are working properly.
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 In a separate action, Ford Motor Company is voluntarily notifying owners of a safety recall of approximately 500 1992 model year Taurus and Sable station wagons to inspect, and possibly replace the rear liftgate latch assembly. In some cases, the liftgate latch may not engage in the secondary locking position. If the liftgate is not completely closed, it may open without warning while the car is in motion.
 To correct this condition, dealers will inspect the latch, and, if necessary, replace it with a modified latch assembly.
 Owners will be notified by mail and asked to return the vehicles to their dealers. The work will be performed at no charge.
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 Ford is also voluntarily recalling approximately 2,200 1992 Thunderbird and Cougar vehicles equipped with 3.8-liter engines to replace the electronic engine control (EEC) processors. These vehicles were built with incorrect EEC processors and the vehicles may exceed federal or California emissions standards.
 To correct this condition, dealers will replace the EEC processor with the correct processor.
 Owners will be notified by mail and asked to return the vehicles to their dealers to have the work performed at no charge.
 -0- 3/19/92
 /CONTACT: Kathryn Blackwell of Ford, 313-594-2880/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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