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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS

Yamaha International Corporation

Models: Yamaha XVZ13LTJ Year: 1997

Yamaha LTJC Years: 1997
Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe Years: 1997

Number Involved: 1,027
Dates of Manufacture: Not yet available
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V230
Vehicle Description: Motorcycles.
Description of Defect: An overload of the turn signal, rear tail/brake light, and carburetor warmer circuit can blow the fuse.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can result in a loss of rear tail and brake light illumination, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install new, appropriate-rated fuses.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Dec. 22, 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 Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926.

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.