|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: 30
Dates of Manufacture: August - October 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V206002
Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles equipped with a driver's side
optional equipment rubber floor mat.
Description of Defect: Repeated movement of the driver's feet and actuation of the
accelerator pedal can result in a shifting of the mat's position. This shifting can cause
an interference with the accelerator pedal.
Consequence of Defect: This could cause a restriction of the pedal's return to the
idle position, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Honda is asking for the return of the floor mat set and will
reimburse owners for the cost of the rubber floor mat set along with any return shipping
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during December 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.