|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Wednesday, February 4, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
General Motors Corporation
Number Involved: 14,423
Dates of Manufacture: September - November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V232 GM Campaign No. 97070
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Noncompliance: These vehicles were built with hood hinge pivot bolts
that can break because of an improper heat treat condition. A broken bolt can cause either
the corner of the hood near the windshield to rise, or one side of the hood to be unstable
when opened. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard (FMVSS) No. 219, "Windshield Zone Intrusion."
Consequence of Noncompliance: In the event of a vehicle crash, the hood could be
pushed back through the windshield glass, possibly injuring the vehicle occupants.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the hood hinge pivot bolts.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during January 1998.
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
Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006.
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.