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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd
MISC. EQUIPMENT

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Vehicle Systems, Inc.

Models:

Aqua Hot Model 431 Years:
Aqua Hot Model 411 Years:


Number Involved: 1,938
Dates of Manufacture: May 1989 - March 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E011
Description of Defect: The fiberglass insulating material located under the burner head on the floor of the Aqua Hot heating system enclosure as well as on the back side of the access doors for the electric heating element and thermostats can become soaked with fluids (ethylene glycol and/or diesel fuel), increasing the risk of an electrical short. This condition can result in a fire in the vehicle.
Remedy: Dealers will remove the insulation material from beneath the heating system as well as from behind the control thermostat and heating element accessory covers.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began April 30, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact the motor home company or Vehicle Systems at 1-303-857-2901.

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.