|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
American Honda Motor Company
Number Involved: 9,558
Dates of Manufacture: June - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V193
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: Some of the front passenger air bag modules have been
improperly assembled. The cloth flaps covering the folded air bag may have been tucked in
Consequence of Defect: This condition could prevent proper deployment of the air
bag. In a crash, an improper air bag deployment could increase the risk of injury to a
front seat passenger.
Corrective Action: Dealers will repair the front passenger's air bag module to
prevent this problem from occurring.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during October 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon
service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact
Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
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.