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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation

Models: Chevrolet Tracker Year: 1999

Number Involved: 1,158

Dates of Manufacture: November - December 1998

Defect: The coupling that connects the steering column shaft to the intermediate steering shaft is cracked. This could allow the steering shaft to separate. If this were to occur while the vehicle was in motion, a loss of steering control could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the steering shaft coupling. 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. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V324/GM Recall No. 98076]

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.