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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


American Honda Motor Company


Honda Passport Years: 1998

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 costs.
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.