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NHTSA 12-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Wells Manufacturing Corporation
Models: Wells UDS418
Wells UDS419
Number Involved: 73,000
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E001

Equipment Description: Headlight beam control dimmer switches.

Description of Defect: The dimmer switch can fail prematurely during actuation.

Consequence of Defect: The headlights will stay in the low or high beam state or fail to stay lit affecting a driver's visibility. It is also possible for an electrical short to develop inside the switch resulting in damage to the instrument panel wiring harness.

Corrective Action: Owners should return the headlight dimmer switch to the distributor from whom it was purchased and exchange it for another switch.

Owner Notification: Owner notification began Jan. 29, 1998.

Note: Owners who take these switches to their distributor and are unable to obtain a free replacement switch should contact Wells at 1-800-558-9770.

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.