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September 9, 1999

Fire Hazard in Brake System Prompts Recall of Some 1999 Buick Regals

WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), General Motors Corporation has announced the recall of over 168,000 Buick Regal automobiles manufactured between March 1998 and April, 1999.  These 1999 model Buicks are being recalled because a short in the Brake motor may create a fire hazard.

Some of these vehicles could, with the key in the "on" position, exhibit a condition in which the antilock brake system (ABS) motor shorts to its case and grounds through a flexible brake fluid pipe.

This short can cause extreme heating of the flexible brake pipe where it can melt a nearby flexible plastic fuel hose, which could result in an Under-hood fire.

Dealers will install a ground cable from the electronic brake control module (EBCM) to the engine compartment body rail. Owner notification is expected to begin during July 1999. Owners may reference this recall by the manufacture's campaign number of 99033.

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 Buick at 1-800-521-7300. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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