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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF
DECEMBER RECALLS

IMT Corporation

Models: IMT Brake Spider

Number Involved: 160

Defect: This recall involves 15-inch brake spiders that are part of the rear braking system on certain highway trailers and are also used on axles with 19.5-inch tires. These brake spiders can fracture or crack as a result of fatigue stress. This condition would impair the braking system on the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Owners will be instructed to inspect these wheels, and replace them if necessary. Owner notification was to begin by early January 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact IMT at 1-519-485-2210.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98E042]

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.