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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 29, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF FEBRUARY, 1999 RECALLS

General Motors Corporation
Models:

Chevrolet C10 Truck Year: 1994
Chevrolet C20 Truck Year: 1994
Chevrolet C30 Truck Year: 1994
Chevrolet C3500 Truck Year: 1994
Chevrolet Suburban Year: 1994
GMC C15 Truck Year: 1994
GMC C25 Truck Year: 1994
GMC C35 Truck Year: 1994
GMC C3500 Truck Year: 1994
GMC Suburban Year: 1994

Number Involved: 988,587
Dates of Manufacture:  March 1993 - September 1994
Defect: These vehicles were built with the polarity of the wiring for the brake switch reversed from what was specified on the switch drawing. With the reversed polarity, the contacts in the brake switch can wear out prematurely. The brake switch will perform normally until the brake switch contacts wear out, resulting in loss of the brake lamps without any warning to the driver. This would fail to warn a following driver that the vehicle is braking and could lead to a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the brake switch and reverse the wiring. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 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. 99V025/GM Recall No. 98065]

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.