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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS

Rockwell International/Meritor
Brands: Rockwell ECU
Number Involved: 18,830
Dates of Manufacture: October 1994 - June 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E039
Equipment Description: Antilock braking system (ABS) electronic control units (ECU) for over-the-road trailer applications.
Description of Defect: Certain of the cover seal (O-ring) were not installed correctly in Easy-Stop trailer ABS electronic control units. An incorrectly installed seal allows water to enter the ECU, causing a fault to develop. This will cause the vehicle's trailer ABS warning lamp to illuminate immediately when the water contacts the board, deactivating all or part of the ABS.
Consequence of Defect: If the warning lamp signal is ignored for a period of time, corrosion can develop, eventually resulting in a complete loss of ECU function.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the ECU on these trailers.
Owner Notification: Not yet available.
Note: Owners who take their trailers to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Rockwell/Meritor at 1-810-435-8001. Owners of vehicles equipped with the recalled ECU will be notified directly. Owners who purchased the item as replacement equipment should contact Rockwell/Meritor.

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.