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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Tiara Motor Coach Division

Models:

Tiara Conversion Van Years: 1997-1998


Number Involved: 290
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997 - June 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V164
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect:Conversion vans built on 127-inch wheel base Dodge chassis. The upper seat belt mounting structure for the mid-row seats is not capable of passing the requirements of FMVSS No. 207, "Seating Systems, " and No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages." The seat occupant will not be adequately restrained in the event of a front impact, causing injuries to the seat's occupant.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the defective brackets.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during August 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Tiara at 1-219-534-2999.

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.