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NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

ADesignTech International Incorporated


DesignTech Auto Command

Number Involved: 50,000
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E002
Equipment Description: Auto Command remote car starters, Models 25523, 25524-28, 25536-38, 20024-28, and 20036-38.
Description of Defect: A software problem occurs allowing the remote car starter to start a vehicle more than once every 3 hours when the temperature drops below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Consequence of Defect: If a vehicle is located in a closed area, such as a garage, and the vehicle started often, the potential for carbon monoxide build-up could occur increasing the risk of personal injury.
Corrective Action: Owners should to return the remote car starter to have a new microprocessor installed with updated programming.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Jan. 12, 1998.
Note: Owners who do not have the free remedy performed within a reasonable time should contact DesignTech at 1-800-337-4468.

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.