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NHTSA 05-98
Monday, December 29 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


R.V. Products

Brands: Watsco RVRBT Watsco RVRD-1T
Number Involved: 36,000
Dates of Manufacture: Not available.
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E038
Equipment Description: Printed circuit board housed in the electrical control box assembly of the vehicle's air conditioning unit.
Description of Defect: An electrical relay on the circuit board will fail to activate. When the relay fails to activate, other electrical components, including the circuit board, are required to carry excess electrical current.
Consequence of Defect: These components can overheat, char, and produce smoke, possibly resulting in a fire.
Corrective Action: Owners will receive a replacement electrical control box with installation instructions. If an owner so desires, they can have their dealer install this control box.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during December 1997.
Note: Owners who do not receive the free replacement electrical control box within a reasonable time should contact R. V. Products at 1-800-227-5693. Owners of vehicles equipped with the recalled circuit board will be notified directly. Owners who purchased the item as replacement equipment should contact R. V. Products.

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.