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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation


Chevrolet Venture Years: 1997-1998
Oldsmobile Silhouette Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 125,990
Dates of Manufacture: April 1996 - March 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V145
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: On passenger minivans equipped with bucket seats or a split bench seat in the second (middle) or third (back) row, the seat latch mechanism does not have protective covers. When activating the release mechanism to roll a bucket seat forward, a customer's finger(s) could be severely injured, or severed, if they are not kept clear of the mechanism.
Remedy: Dealers will install protective covers on the outboard latch mechanism on all left and right hand rear bucket seats in the second and third row, and to both inboard and outboard latch mechanisms on the center rear bucket seat and the 40 percent portion of the split bench seat.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during August 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537.

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.