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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Manchester Tank & Equipment Company
Brands:Manchester LPG cylinder
Number Involved: 900
Dates of Manufacture: July - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E040
Equipment Description: Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) cylinders equipped with overfill protection.
Description of Defect: In certain cylinders, the overfill protection device is not properly installed and the cylinder can be overfilled. Depending on the amount of overfill, LPG vapors can be expelled from the cylinder.
Consequence of Defect: If a cylinder is overfilled, and some of the gas leaks out, the vapors can collect and ignite if there is a source of ignition present.
Corrective Action: Manchester Tank will replace these cylinders.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during December 1997.
Note: Owners who do not get their LPG cylinder replaced free of charge within a reasonable time should contact Manchester Tank/Recall Management at 1-800-420-7511. Owners of vehicles equipped with the recalled tank will be notified directly. Owners who purchased the item as replacement equipment should contact Manchester Tank/Recall Management.

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.