Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 20, 1987 · Page 11
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL General Motors considers request to recall '84 Fieros SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,1987-1 1 WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Corp. is considering a request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it recall all 126,000 1984 Pontiac Fieros amid allegations their engines tend to catch fire. NHTSA, in a letter to GM, told the automaker to recall the cars, give a good reason why it shouldn't, or face a formal investigation'by the federal agency. A consumer-interest group, the Center for Auto Safety, on Friday released a letter from Michael Brownlee, director of NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation, which said 251 fires have been reported in 1984 Fieros, "the second-largest fire rate of any vehicle currently under investigation by this agency." The center in July had petitioned NHTSA to order a recall. David Hudgens, GM spokesman, said in Detroit that the automaker had received the letter but had not yet responded. "We continue to cooperate with NHTSA in this matter, and we intend to respond to their request soon," he said. GM has not yet determined if it will recall the can, Hudgena slid. Brownlee's letter, dated Sept 8 and obtained by the center from NHTSA records, said six people had been injured in Fiero engine fires. It cited 110 fire reports in the past eight months alone. "There is no reason to believe that these fires will not continue to occur in the future," NHTSA said. According to GM documents filed with NHTSA, the fires were caused by broken connecting rods that pierced the engine block, and coolant leaks due to faulty hose clamps. In mother GM case. NHTSA has closed an investigation of 2.23 million 1984-1985 J-body cars made by the automaker, according to the agency's August defect investigation report. The probe, opened in December at the center's request, concerned allegations that the cars were prone to sudden acceleration. NHTSA said its investigation showed "no defect trend* involving the allegations. The J-body cars include the Chevrolet Cavalier and Buick Skylark. , NHTSA also opened an investigation of 800,000 1986-1987 GM cats with 3.8-liter V-6 engines, including the Buick LeSabre and Oldsmobile Delta 88, after the center alleged that the can are prone to stalling. Duke to veto credit card bill Interest rates would drop to 18 percent SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. George Deukmejian said Saturday he will veto legislation which would have allowed California businesses to continue to charge up to 19.2 percent interest on credit card accounts. The Republican governor's veto of AB2575 by Assemblyman Charles Caldcron, D-Montcbcllo, means the maximum interest rate allowed en those cards will drop to 18 percent per year effective next Jan. 1. Caldcron had argued in legislative hearings that the higher rate was needed for an additional three years because of the high cost to businesses of maintaining credit services, and that without the higher rate those businesses might stop offering credit to some lower- income customers who can't borrow elsewhere. "Coming from humble beginnings, I'm glad my mother was able at least to get a Sean credit card and buy clothing for us," Calderon said in the Assembly's final debate on his bill last week. "There are people who will get hurt if this measure does not oass." But Deukmejian said in his weekly radio address that he will veto Calderon's bill "because the evidence does not support the need to continue with this higher interest rate." Deukmejian said the state's legal limit on consumer credit interest was raised from 18 percent to 19.2 percent six years ago, at a time when the rates businesses had to pay for their borrowed funds was at a record high. However, the governor said, "the prime rate is no longer 21 percent, but it is now down to 8.2 percent "As a result of this veto, California consumers will save an estimated $60 to $72 million annually in the form of lower consumer cre- dit interest rates," Deukmejian concluded. Deukmejian also repeated in his radio broadcast that he intends to sign the two massive tax bills sent to him last week by the Legislature to conform California's personal income tax and corporate tax laws more closely with the revised federal tax law and lower the maximum state personal income tax rate from 11 to 9.2 percent "We have succeeded in developing a state tax reform program which I believ? is good news for California taxpayers," Deukmejian said of the two measures negotiated earlier this month by a bipartisan panel of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and his administration. "Because it brings our state laws into close conformity with the new federal law, paying state taxes will be a lot easier for most Calif brnians. In fact, a majority of Californians will be able to file a very simple tax form, consisting of about 10 lines," he said. Florida gunman frees hostage, surrenders to end long standoff Suspect kept agents pinned with gunfire LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — FBI negotiators peacefully ended a 21-hour armed standoff Saturday when they persuaded a kidnapping suspect who had pinned police down with automatic-weapon fire to release a hostage and surrender. Richard L. Brown, 44, a former Marine, was arrested on an extortion warrant issued Sept. 16 in Savannah, Ga., and could face attempted murder counts, said James Cagnassola, agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville office. His hostage, Stacy Ann Sapp, 17, of Savannah, was also wanted in Georgia on charges of theft by extortion and conspiracy related to the kidnapping, authorities said. Authorities suspect that the girl conspired with Brown to extort money from her father, then became a hostage in the situation she had helped create, said Cagnassola. The confrontation began Friday afternoon when Stacy's father, John Sapp of Savannah, attempted to deliver $30,000 in ransom. The FBI, who were informed by Sapp from the beginning, intercepted the ransom payoff to prevent Sapp from becoming a second hostage, said Cagnassola. Brown opened fire from his second-floor motel room, pinning down several agents. Police finally moved a truck between die suspect and the agents, and no injuries were reported. After his surrender, Brown was held in Nassau County Jail and is scheduled for a court appearance Monday, authorities said. Ms. Sapp, who was charged as an adult, was held in Duval County Jail in Jacksonville. 'Blocking' motorists face fines SACRAMENTO (AP) — Motorists who block congested intersections could be fined between $50 and $500 under terms of a tough "anti-gridlock" law signed Friday by Gov. George Deukmejian. The bill, AB667 by Assemblyman Richard Katz, D-Sepulveda, would make it illegal to drive into an intersection, even if the traffic light is green, if there is no way out of the intersection. Bob Christensen DOS Welcomes New Patients • TMJ CONSULTATION, TREATMENT t SURGERY •ORAL SURGERY • PERIODONTAL SURGERY • ENDODONTICS AND ALL YOUR DENTISTRY NEEDS 48 MADRONE ST • WILLITS 459-2555 or 459-2666 WINTERIZE YOUR CES3 EQUIPMENT COOLING SYSTEM SPECIAL -WE WILL- — • CHECK HOSES • DRAIN COOLING SYSTEMS • PRESSURE TEST REFILL WITH FRESH ANTIFREEZE 2 Gal. MIX. Hours: Won. thru Fri. 7 :30-5:30 - Call For Appointment Sat. 8-5 J-IOGUE EQUIPMENT SALES * SERVICE • RENTALS • PARTS 1 3OO Hastinqs Road UKIAH 462 1941 Think Albertsons® ALBERTSONS gallon FOSTER FOSTER FARMS CHICKEN FRANKS 160Z. 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