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July  7, 1999
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

American Honda Motor Company

Acura RL Years: 1996-1998
Acura TL Years: 1996-1998
Acura CL Years: 1997-1998
Honda Accord Years: 1997-1998
Honda Prelude Years: 1997-1998
Honda Odyssey Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 125,380
Dates of Manufacture: December 1995 - August 1996
Defect: Certain passenger vehicles and minivans were manufactured with ball joints that can prematurely wear out. In the worst case, the ball joints can separate, causing the front suspension to collapse. This condition would result in vehicle deceleration, a sudden loss of power, and reduced steering control.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the front suspension lower ball joints. Owner notification was expected to begin during June 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V069]