|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Wednesday, February 4, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
Renault USA, Incorporated
Models: Renault 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.