03/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ford's Woes Deepen As Pension Plan Falls $4 Billion Short

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. may have to contribute $4 billion to its pension plan after a 2008 shortfall, a cash drain that risks dragging the second-largest U.S. automaker closer to a federal bailout.

The collapsing stock market left the fund with a $4.1 billion deficit for its projected obligations, after 2007's $3 billion surplus, Ford said in its fourth-quarter financial results. That may force an infusion of money starting next year, according to the viability plan filed with Congress in December.

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