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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA
Contact: Tim Hurd

Vehicle Recalls

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Gulf States Toyota, Inc.

Models: Gulf Toyota Camry Years: 1998-1999

Gulf Toyota 4Runner Years: 1998-1999

Gulf Toyota Corolla Years: 1998-1999

Gulf Toyota Tacoma Years: 1998-1999

Gulf Toyota T100 Years: 1998-1999

Gulf Toyota Sienna Years: 1998-1999

Number Involved: 7,794

Dates of Manufacture: April - August 1998

Defect: Sport utility and passenger vehicles equipped with wheel lug nuts, Part No. 1207, supplied by Prime Wheel Corporation and distributed by Gulf States Toyota, Inc., in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. The lug nuts are defective, causing loss of the lug nut torque, fatigue fracture of the wheel, and possible loss of the wheel. This condition can result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace all the wheel lug nuts and also perform a complimentary wheel rotation when the repair is done. Owner notification began in November 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Gulf States Toyota Distributor at 1-800-444-1074.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V277]

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.