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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SPARK PLUG EJECTION FROM CYLINDER HEAD

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP05005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 22, 2005
    • Date Closed: January 04, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: POST REAR END COLLISION FIRES

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #SQ01014

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage

    Summary: Allege fuel tank can rupture following a high-energy rear collision resulting in severe fires.

  3. INVESTIGATION: CNG TANK EXPLOSION

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03001

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  4. INVESTIGATION: CNG TANK EXPLODING IN A FIRE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02071

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 01, 2002
    • Date Closed: January 27, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly

    Summary: During a vehicle fire a CNG tank allegedly burst

  5. INVESTIGATION: FRONT SEAT ANCHOR BOLT FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE98041

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 23, 1998
    • Date Closed: September 29, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seats

    Summary: Alleged that the outboard-forward, front seat anchor bolt boss fractures through the vehicle floor pan, causing the front seat to lean sharply back

  6. INVESTIGATION: REAR AXLE TRAILING ARM FRAME MOUNTING

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00043

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 20, 2000
    • Date Closed: February 02, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Alleged that the frame mounting bracket for the rear axle trailing arm frame develops cracks and trailing arms have completely detached from the frame

  7. INVESTIGATION: FUEL-FED FIRES

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP02007

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: August 22, 2002
    • Date Closed: December 04, 2002
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: A

  8. INVESTIGATION: BLOW BACK DURING REFUELING

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99047

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 12, 1999
    • Date Closed: September 23, 1999
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: The owner report was received from the State of New York, Office of General Services (OGS).According to the OGS report, four E-350 vans in its thirteen vehicle fleet experienced the problem.The report stated that in each instance large amounts of fuel were released in an"explosive" manner (in one instance it is reported that an entire tank of fuel was exhausted into the atmosphere).Also according to OGS, Ford has ivestigated and reported that the vehicles have a defective fuel filler pipe chech-valve and that the problem has alsobeen reported in CNG Crown Victoria and F-150 pickkjp trucks.

  9. INVESTIGATION: INERTIA FUEL SHUT OFF SWITCH

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE98057

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: October 28, 1998
    • Date Closed: February 11, 1999
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Alleged that the inertia fuel shut off switch malfunctions and engine stalls

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