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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1983 Lincoln Town Car

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 1983 Lincoln Town Car, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:


    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE89039

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: February 09, 1989
    • Date Closed: June 13, 1989
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Parking Brake

    Summary: Summary:the spring under investigation causes the latching pawl toengage the teeth of the ratchet whereby the parking brake is retainedin the applied position.if the spring fails, the pedal follows theoperators foot back up into the released position.Ford states that it issued the bulletin in order to inform dealersthat the spring was newly available as a separate part.previously, it was necessary to replace the entire parking brake control assembly inorder to obtain a new spring.since the failure of the spring will not cause the parking brake tosuddenly and unexpectedly release and since there is adequate warningof the failure, no safety defect trend was found.===

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