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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation

Models: Chevrolet Lumina Year: 1995

Buick Regal Year: 1995

Oldsmobile Cutlass Year: 1995

Pontiac Grand Prix Year: 1995

Number Involved: 111,470

Dates of Manufacture: November 1994 - January 1995

Defect:  The center rear seat belt anchor plate exhibits stress cracks. In the event of a crash, the seat belt system can fracture, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the center rear seat belt system. Owner notification began during December 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Buick at 1-800-521-7300, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V306/GM Recall No. 97023A]

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.