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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

Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc.
Models:
CLK320 Year: 1999

Number Involved: 2,600
Dates of Manufacture:  July - December 1998
Noncompliance: The seat belt anchorages do not meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."A defective weld was discovered on the weld nut for the bolt used to secure the front shoulder seat belt guides. Due to this defective weld, the anchorages may not adequately secure the front seat belts in the event of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will repair the shoulder belt anchor assembly. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V030/Mercedes-Benz Recall No. 1999020002]

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.