DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Credit Company is offering customers affected by the recent devastating tornadoes in Iowa the option to delay some car payments.

Ford Motor Credit's Disaster Relief Program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments, resuming

their regular payment schedules when their situations improve.

"Some of our customers may have temporary financial problems because of the devastating tornado," said Mike Bannister, CEO and chairman. "We understand that. We hope our Disaster Relief Program will ease our customers' financial concerns as they focus on rebuilding and healing."

Ford Motor Credit customers who are eligible for the Disaster Relief Program will be sent letters with instructions on how to register. The offer is available to customers who are leasing or have purchased vehicles with financing from Ford Credit, Jaguar Credit, Land Rover Capital, Mazda American Credit, PRIMUS or Volvo Car Finance.