The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 27, 1996 · Page 10
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 10

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, January 27, 1996
Page 10
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HO SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL T CONSUMER CORNER Couple want siding fixed Dear Attorney General Stovall: Two years ago, my husband and I purchased a house from a couple who had owned it for only six months. Before we ^ finalized the purchase, we questioned the condition of the aluminum siding. The finish was peeling off the siding on three sides of the house. The couple showed us a letter, addressed to the original owner, from the manufacturer. The letter "*~ ? promised that the manufacturer would refinish the siding under the terms of its warranty. The owner's pro rata cost was approximately $200. The letter explained further that refinishing must be done during ideal weather conditions which occur only during late CARLA STOVALL Kansas Attorney General spring, summer and early fall. There was a second letter to the original owner stating the work would be completed even though the house was being sold. With these letters of assurance, we bought the house. Since that time, we have tried to get someone to complete this warranty work. We have contacted both the manufacturer and the installer with no results. By this time, the finish is much worse. It has peeled down to bare metal in some places. Attorney General, can you help us get this problem corrected? Dear Kansas Consumer: We contacted both the manufacturer and the installer. In their initial response, the manufacturer advised us that although they had agreed to refinish the siding for the original owner of the house, they had closed the file when they learned he had moved to another state and left no forwarding number. They were advised by the installer that he, the installer, would BRIEFLY contact them when the new owners were ready to have the work done. This contact was not made because the couple from whom you purchased the house lived there for such a short time. The manufacturer went on to say that the warranty is transferable only one time. We convinced them to reconsider in light of the unusual circumstances. The second owners had only lived there six months, during the fall and winter, when refinishing could not be done, by the time the weather was ideal for refinishing, you had bought the house and promptly tried to get the warranty work done. The manufacturer acknowledged that the original obligation had not been fulfilled and promised to work with you to get the problem resolved. A second inspection was made and although your pro rata share will be more due to the additional peeling that has occurred, we understand that you are satisfied that the warranty work will finally be completed. Government recalls infant car seats WASHINGTON — The government announced Wednesday that 15,370 infant car seats are being recalled as possible safety hazards in car crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the rear-facing Dreamride Ultra infant seats failed a government crash test by tipping towards the front of the car by more than 70 degrees. Federal standards require that rear-facing seats stay almost upright during impact in a crash at 30 mph. The recall is for 15,370 Dream- ride Ultra car seats, model 02-179, manufactured from April 8,1994, through June 15,1995. The manufacturer, Cosco Inc., can be reached at 1-800-314-9327. Some '95 cars don't meet seat belt standard WASHINGTON — The 1995 Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stra- tus cars fail to meet federal standards for rear seat belt strength, the government's highway safety agency said Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called for public comment before deciding whether to recall the cars for replacement or repair of any faulty part of the rear seat belt assembly. More than 91,000 of the cars are on the road. The NHTSA found a defect in the rear seat belt anchoring system — a weld nut that pulled out of the floor of a 1995 Cirrus during a routine test in July, said Michael Brownlee, the agency's associate administrator for safety. The same system is used in the Stratus. Brownlee said Chrysler declined to voluntarily recall the cars. The NHTSA said cars manufactured after May 15,1995, meet the safety standard because Chrysler strengthened the belts by replacing the weld-nut assembly with a stronger design. The NHTSA will hold a hearing Feb. 14 before deciding on a recall. Brownlee said that the meantime motorists should continue to use the seat belts. The decision applies only to the rear belt assemblies. Ford Motor Co. recalls Lincoln Continentals DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co.-recalled 42,700 1995 and 1996 Lincoln Continentals on Monday to fix a problem that can cause the cars' headlights to turn off without warning. The problem has occurred with Continentals with the "autolamp" feature — a switch that makes the headlights go on automatically as it gets dark and turn off when the driver leaves the car. Ford said a problem with the autolamp system can cause the headlights to turn off unexpectedly. The problem doesn't occur when the regular headlight switch is used to turn on the lights. From Wire Service Reports FREE LOCAL DELIVERY Sat. 9:00 to 5:00 ( ! Sun. 1:00 to 5:00 Francis Defining YOU WANT IT...YOU GOT IT! FREE 12 MONTH FINANCING < Special Orders Are Now Included.' \ , Minimum Purchase WAC. Wbrr/s* .' 90 Days Interest Free ;. 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