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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation

Models:

Chevrolet Cavalier Years: 1996
Chevrolet Beretta Years: 1996
Oldsmobile Achieva Years: 1996
Buick Skylark Years: 1996
Pontiac Sunfire Years: 1996
Pontiac Grand Am Years: 1996

Number Involved: 249,420
Dates of Manufacture: April 1995 - January 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V027 GM Campaign No. 98011
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Noncompliance: These vehicles were built with the potential for the interior lamps to come on unexpectedly while the vehicles are being driven. This does not meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 101, "Controls and Displays."
Consequence of Noncompliance: The interior lamps coming on unexpectedly could startle a driver causing a momentary loss of control increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will run a diagnostic test on the lamp control module and, if necessary, replace it.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during February 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Buick at 1-800-521-7300, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737, or Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537.

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.