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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Southern Comfort Conversions

Models:

Chevrolet Express Years: 1996-1997
GMC Savana Years: 1997

Number Involved: 276
Dates of Manufacture: November 1996 - June 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V029
Vehicle Description: Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans equipped with Twin Air "Ultra" rear heater and air conditioning units and converted by Southern Comfort Conversions.
Description of Defect: The heater and air conditioning units contain a resistor coil that can overheat when the fan is running at a low speed.
Consequence of Defect: This could cause a fire within the unit.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the resistor coil in these units.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Feb. 10, 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 Southern Comfort at 1-800-745-6096.

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.