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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
October, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd
MISC. EQUIPMENT

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Moog Automotive

Models: Moog Ball Joint

Number Involved: 45,300

Dates of Manufacture: January 1996 - May 1997

Defect: Aftermarket ball joints for use on 1986-1990 Acura Legend, 1986-1989 Honda Accord, 1983-1991 Honda Prelude, 1988-1991 Honda Civic/CRX, and 1990-1992 Acura Integra model vehicles. Premature wear of the stud ball socket results in axial looseness. This condition can continue to deteriorate and will eventually result in the ball joint stud separating from the housing, increasing the risk of loss of vehicle control.

Remedy: Moog will replace these ball joints with ball joints from another supplier. Owner notification began Oct. 12, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free replacement ball joints within a reasonable time should contact Moog at 1-314-385-3400. [NHTSA Recall No. 98E031]

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.