|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Ferrari North America, Inc.
Models: Ferrari 348 Years: 1994-1995
Number Involved: 556
Dates of Manufacture: October 1992 - June 1994
Defect: The automatic seat belt slider can become jammed when the slider
tape separates from the take-up reel, illuminating the seat belt warning light. Should
such a condition occur, the belt must be positioned and fastened manually by connecting
the belt to the fixed anchor point. The occupant may not realize that the seat belt can be
operated manually, and may not use the restraint system, increasing the risk of personal
injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the complete passive restraint seat belt
system. Owner notification began during November 1998. Owners who do not receive the free
remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ferrari at 1-201-816-2600.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V250/Ferrari 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.