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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation


Chevrolet Venture Years: 1997-1998
Oldsmobile Silhouette Years: 1997-1998
Pontiac TranSport Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 55,154
Dates of Manufacture: April 1996 - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V072
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The windshield wiper linkage arm on these minivans can contact a brake line which is connected to the traction control system modulator valve. This contact can chafe the brake line and result in a brake fluid leak. Brake fluid leakage can cause reduced brake effectiveness and increased stopping distances.
Remedy: Dealers will install a brake line clip to ensure proper clearance. Also the brake lines will be inspected for any damage caused by this condition and will replace any damaged lines.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was to begin during April 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

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.