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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

Daewoo Motor Company, Ltd.

Models: Daewoo Lanos Years: 1998-1999

Number Involved: 1,050

Dates of Manufacture:  March - May 1998

Defect:  The steering wheel center bushing connecting the steering wheel hub to the steering column can slip, resulting in excessive free play and looseness of the steering, which can increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the existing steering wheel with a revised version. Owner notification began Dec. 7, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daewoo at 1-310-223-5900.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V305/Daewoo Recall No. RSB-001-98]

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.