|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
Toyota Motor Company, Ltd.
Number Involved: 289,326
Dates of Manufacture: July 1996 - July 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V213
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: Due to a possible jamming of the lock pin of the key
interlock solenoid, it is possible to remove the ignition key even when the shift lever of
the automatic transmission is not in the "Park" position.
Consequence of Defect: Under such a condition, should a driver fail to move the
shift lever to the "Park" position, and also fail to activate the parking brake,
the vehicle could roll away
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the key interlock solenoid.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during the middle of
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
Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
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.