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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

American Racing Wheels


American Racing Model 500

Number Involved: 2,397
Dates of Manufacture:
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E016
Description of Defect: 500/501 Series, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels (500 Series designed for front-wheel drive vehicles and 501 Series for rear-wheel drive). The center of the wheel can fracture and separate from the rim. If the wheel separates, a loss of vehicle control can occur, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Dealers will either replace these wheels, including all costs associated with vehicle towing and installation, labor, mounting, and balancing of the replacement wheels and provide a full refund for the wheels including any associated costs; or replace these wheels with applicable original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) wheels, including all costs associated with the vehicle towing, purchase, installation, labor, mounting, and balancing of the OEM wheels.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began March 30, 1998. Owners who do not receive a free replacement wheel within a reasonable time should contact American Racing at 1-310-761-4040.

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.