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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 RAV 4 Years: 1998-1999

Number Involved: 1,519

Dates of Manufacture: July - October 1998

Defect: Sport utility and passenger vehicles equipped with an Audiovox Securikey+ Security System and Securikey+ Security System with remote starter system and distributed by Gulf States Toyota, Inc., in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. Certain security system wiring harnesses can malfunction causing an electrical failure. This condition can cause the engine to run poorly and stall. Also, the vehicle's electrical components, such as the dash warning lights and HVAC fan speed controls, can intermittently fail.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the Securikey+ wiring harness and, if necessary, replace the harness. 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. 98V279]

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.