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NHTSA 05-98
February 8, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550



Models: Isringhausen Driver Seats, Models 6800338 and 6800348

Number Involved: 273

Dates of Manufacture: July 1997 - August 1998

Defect: This recall involves driver seats, Models 6800/338 and 6800/348, for on transit buses. The tether plates, which are attached to the rear of both the upper and lower frames of the suspension unit, contain a sharp edge which can cause premature wear of the nylon tethers. In the event of a crash, these seat belts may not properly restrain the occupant, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Remedy: Owners will be provided with a replacement kit which includes new tethers, tether plates, nuts, bolts, and a technical bulletin with detailed replacement instructions. Owner notification began Dec. 14, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free replacement kit within a reasonable time should contact Isringhausen at 1-626-968-5333. [NHTSA Recall No. 98E041]

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.