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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation


Chevrolet S-10 Truck Years: 1998
Chevrolet Blazer Years: 1998
Oldsmobile Bravada Years: 1998
GMC Sonoma Years: 1998
GMC Jimmy Years: 1998

Number Involved: 19,716
Dates of Manufacture: March - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V218 GM Campaign No. 97068
Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and multi-purpose passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: A fatigue fracture of the rear axle right-hand brake pipe can occur, causing a slow brake fluid leak and resulting in a soft brake pedal.
Consequence of Defect: If the brake pipe breaks, the driver would experience a sudden drop in the brake pedal, the instrument panel brake light would illuminate, and there would be a loss of rear brake performance. Partial loss of braking at a time when minimum stopping distance is required could result in a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a brake pipe bracket.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began 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 Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or GMC at 1-800-462-8782.

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.