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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation

Models:

GMC W3500 Years: 1998
GMC W4500 Years: 1998
Chevrolet W3500 Years: 1998
Chevrolet W4500 Years: 1998


Number Involved: 42
Dates of Manufacture: March - April 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V151002
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: The intermediate steering shaft-to-steering gear attaching bolt was not tightened properly during assembly. This can cause steering noise, loose steering, and an uncentered steering wheel ultimately resulting in a loss of steering.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the steering shaft and retighten to the specified torque.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin July 24, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact GMC at 1-800-462-8782, or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

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.