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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Ferrari North America

Models: Ferrari F355 Year: 1998

Number Involved: 81

Dates of Manufacture: March - May 1998

Defect: Fuel tank damage could have occurred from screws used to install the soft top mechanism covers. This condition can cause fuel leakage from the fuel tank, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel tank for leaks. If leaks are found, the fuel tank will be replaced. Dealers will also inspect the soft top mechanism cover screws to verify proper length. If the screws are found to be the wrong length, correct length screws will be installed. Owner notification began Sept. 30, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ferrari at 1-201-816-2651. [NHTSA Recall No.98V223]

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.