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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


GNB Technologies, Incorporated



Number Involved: 7,274
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E035
Equipment Description: Group 24 starting/lighting/ignition automotive batteries for installation as original equipment in vehicles and for replacement equipment distributed by Advance Auto Parts stores.
Description of Defect: These batteries have a defective negative post that can cause acid leakage and related corrosion damage.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause a catastrophic failure of the battery which could lead to an engine fire or battery explosion.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace these batteries. Until a new battery is obtained, owners should not attempt to "jump start" these batteries.
Owner Notification: Distributor notification began Oct. 23, 1997.
Note: Owners who do not obtain a free battery within a reasonable time should contact GNB at 1-770-551-0300.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.