1998 Ford E-350 Fuel System, Gasoline Storage Tank Assembly Recall

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1998 Ford E-350 Fuel System, Gasoline Storage Tank Assembly Recall

 NHTSA Recall #3656
NHTSA Compaign #01V114000
MFG Compaign #01S14
 Model Year1998
 Date of notification19/04/01
 Begin date of manufacuring09/04/96
 End date of manufacturing14/11/00
Type of recallV
Recall initiatorMFR
 Report received05/04/01
 Report created23/04/01
Regulation part number
FMV safety standard number
Estimated number of affected units151000
 Defect summaryVehicle description: on certain vans with ambulance prep packages or other severe-duty applications involving operation at or near the gross vehicle weight with frequent twisting of the vehicle body, such as off-road, rough road or speed bump events, the 35 gallon mid-ship fuel tank could develop a crack where it contacts the frame cross member. If the fuel tank cracks, fuel leakage could occur.
 Consequence summaryFuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.
 Corrective actionDealers will inspect the fuel tank and, if cracked, will replace the tank. Insulator pads will be installed on all vehicles to reduce the stress levels in the fuel tank. Owner notification began april 19, 2001. 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.
 Recall notesAlso contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.



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