|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Hyundai Motor America
Models: Hyundai Accent Years: 1995-1997
Number Involved: 64,967
Dates of Manufacture: May 1994 - November 1996
Defect: Passenger vehicles registered in the following 20 "salt belt"
states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. During winter months, road salt used
to de-ice roads can result in corrosion that causes pits to form on the front spring lower
coils. These pits can allow cracks to develop, causing breakage of the lower spring coil.
If the front coil spring breaks, it can contact a tire and result in tire damage.
Remedy: Dealers will install a spring guide to prevent a broken coil
spring from contacting and damaging a tire. Owner notification began Nov. 25, 1998. Owners
who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Hyundai at
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V245/Hyundai Recall No.
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.