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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS

General Motors Corporation

Models:

Buick Regal Years: 1997

Number Involved: 4,387
Dates of Manufacture: August 1996 - May 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V223 GM Campaign No. 97065
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The right front brake pipe can contact the power steering assembly, causing the brake line to wear through.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can result in a loss of brake fluid and eventual loss of half of the vehicle brake system.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect for proper clearance between the brake line and power steering assembly. Assemblies found to be out of position will be repositioned and all assemblies secured to maintain proper clearances. Additionally, those brake lines found to have been damaged will be replaced and properly routed.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during November 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 Buick at 1-800-521-7300.

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.