|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Isuzu Motor, Limited
Number Involved: 1,945
Dates of Manufacture: April 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V180.001
Description of Defect: The transfer gearbox flange nuts were not properly
installed, causing the nuts to loosen. If the flange nuts loosen, the propeller shaft can
separate, resulting in sudden loss of drive to the wheels, and the shaft could damage
critical underbody components.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect front and rear flange nuts and, if found loose,
tighten to specified torque and securely stake the nuts at two places.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Aug. 24, 1998. Owners who do not
receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643-4070,
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.