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MEDIA RELEASE

 

LINDSAY TANNER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

 

GOVERNMENT MUST ACT TO FORCE HYUNDAI RE-CALL

 

Lindsay Tanner, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, today called on the Government to act immediately and ensure the recall of all potent ially dangerous Hyundai Excels.

 

“The intransigence of Hyundai in the face of the over-whelming evidence that 46,000 Hyundai Excels imported between 1994 and 1996 may have serious steering defects is simply unacceptable,” Lindsay Tanner said.

 

“Hyundai’s stubborn refusal to recognise the seriousness of the problem jeopardises the voluntary code of practice the industry has followed since 1982 in dealing with such problems.

 

“A recall of this magnitude is a serious and costly undertaking, but anything less risks the lives of all road users.

 

“An Office of Defects Investigation of this model made by the US National Highway Transportation Safety Authority in 1996 said the problem could have the effect of:

 

‘increasing the potential for a vehicle accident’.

 

“Th is is especially the case where the vehicle is under the control of an elderly or inexperienced driver.

 

“It is an absurd situation that we have to wait until someone has a serious accident before the appropriate action — a full recall of the potentially detective vehicles — is taken.

 

“The Government must act immediately to ensure that Hyundai orders a recall of the potentially affected Excels,” Lindsay Tanner said.

 

11 November 1998.

 

For additional comment: Lindsay Tanner 6277 4428, Gary Moorhead 0418 555 877

 

 

 

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