PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS
General Motors Corporation
Chevrolet Astro Years: 1996-1998
GMC Safari Years: 1996-1998
Number Involved: 2,090
Dates of Manufacture: May 1996 - September 1997
Defect: This recall involves minivans equipped with integrated
child seats. Some of these vehicles may be missing a seat belt retractor clutch spring
and/or pawl spring in the child seat. If the clutch spring was missing, the seat belt
would lock in the retracted position and could not be used. If the pawl spring was
missing, the seat belt restraint would continually play out and not lock. These conditions
could increase the occupant's risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the
seat belts on the child seats, and if necessary, replace the child seat. Owner
notification began Jan. 21, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782.
[NHTSA Recall No. 99V009/GM Recall No. 98071]
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.