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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation


Buick Roadmaster Years: 1992
Chevrolet Caprice Years: 1992
Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Years: 1992

Number Involved: 56,701
Dates of Manufacture: August 1991 - July 1992
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V217 GM Campaign No. 97058
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The antilock brake system (ABS) modulator can corrode and leak fluid from the front brake circuit.
Consequence of Defect: Brake fluid leakage can reduce brake effectiveness and increase stopping distances.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace the ABS modulator.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during January 1998.
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 Buick at 1-80-521-7300, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

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.