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NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Renault USA, Incorporated

Models: Renault Medallion Years: 1988-1989

Eagle Medallion Years: 1988-1989

Number Involved: 32,000
Dates of Manufacture: January 1987 - July 1988
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V226 Chrysler Campaign No. 745
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The heater core end cap can fail due to material strength deterioration occurring over time from exposure to high temperature engine coolant.
Consequence of Defect: Failure will allow the discharge of stream from the coolant into the passenger compartment, causing reduced driver visibility.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a coolant temperature controlled heater core fluid bypass valve.
Owner Notification: Owner notification schedule has not yet been provided.
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 Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

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.