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April 24, 2002

Worldpac Has Recalled Their Replacement Ball Joints for Steering or Suspension Systems

(SafetyAlerts) -  Worldpac Has Recalled Their Replacement Ball Joints for Steering or Suspension Systems because of potential ball joint failure.

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1530

Defect Summary:
EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: REPLACEMENT BALL JOINTS FOR STEERING OR SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ON 1990-1993 ACURA INTEGRA, 1986-1989 HONDA ACCORD, 1988-1991 HONDA CIVIC AND CRX, 1983-1991 HONDA PRELUDE, PART NO. 51220-SK7-013; 1991-1995 ACURA LEGEND COUPE AND SEDAN PASSENGER VEHICLES, PART NO. 51220-SL5-003; AND 1994-2001 ACURA INTEGRA, 1992-1995 HONDA CIVIC, AND 1993-1995 HONDA DEL SOL, PART NO 51220-SL3-003 AND PRODUCED BETWEEN JANUARY THROUGH APRIL 2001. THE MATERIAL USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF THE SEALING BOOT CAN DETERIORATE OVER TIME PERMITTING FOREIGN OBJECTS SUCH AS WATER AND DIRT TO INFILTRATE THE SEALING BOOT AND CAUSE RUST INSIDE THE BALL JOINT HOUSING, DAMAGE TO THE SURFACE OF THE BALL, OR DAMAGE TO THE RETAINING RING.

Consequence Summary:
THESE EFFECTS IN TURN CAN CAUSE MISALIGNMENT OF THE BALL JOINT WITHIN THE HOUSING POTENTIALLY CAUSING IT TO FAIL. A BALL JOINT FAILURE COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Summary:
WORLDPAC'S DISTRIBUTORS WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE DEFECT BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2002. 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 WORLDPAC AT 510-742-8900.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02E020001
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Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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write down the NHTSA 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.