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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
OCTOBER 1998 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 1-800-829-9956.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V245/Hyundai Recall No. 031]

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.