|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
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
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
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.