FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 1999
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Acura RL, Acura TL Year: 1996-1998
Acura CL Year: 1997-1998
Honda Accord Year: 1997-1998
Honda Prelude Year: 1996-1998
Honda Odyssey Year: 1996-1998
Isuzu Oasis Year: 1997-1998
Number Involved: 13% of listed vehicles
Defect: Certain vehicles were manufactured with ball joints that may
prematurely wear out and, in the worst case, separate from the knuckle resulting in a loss
of steering control and may result in an accident.
The surface of the spherical portion of certain
ball joints between the front lower arm and knuckle was improperly finished. This
rougher than normal condition, when combined with the polyacetal ball seat material
results in rapid wear. Although a loosening ball joint will emit some noise if not
replaced, the ball joint may separate from the knuckle.
Remedy: American Honda Co. would
not comment or provide any information regarding this recall to Safety Alerts.
Dealer notification is scheduled to be completed on May 13, 1999 and owner notification
letters should be sent on May 14, 1999. No other information available at this