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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Isuzu Motor, Limited


Isuzu Hombre Years: 1998

Number Involved: 1,299
Dates of Manufacture: April - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V208003
Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose vehicles.
Description of Defect: An engine electrical wiring-harness clip can melt and drip onto the exhaust manifold.
Consequence of Defect: The clip material on the exhaust manifold can ignite and subsequently ignite other combustible components, resulting in a vehicle fire.
Corrective Action: Dealers are contacting owners by telephone to have their vehicles towed to the dealer and alternate transportation provided to them until the dealer can reroute the electrical wiring-harness.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Nov. 14, 1997.
Note: Owners who experience difficulty obtaining the required free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727

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.