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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation

Models:

Chevrolet C10 Years: 1995-1998
GMC C15 Years: 1995-1998


Number Involved: 55,272
Dates of Manufacture: September 1994 - September 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V187
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: On these crew cab pickup trucks, the front inner corner of the fuel tank can contact the body sill either intermittently or constantly. This movement can wear a hole in or crack the fuel tank at the point of contact. This condition can result in fuel leakage if the tank is filled above the level of the hole or crack. In the presence of an ignition source, a fire could result.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel tank for wear and either install a spacer between the fuel tank and the front crossmember or, if necessary, replace the fuel tank.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during August 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782.

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.