Monday, July 19, 2004
|Contact: Liz Neblett
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NHTSA Publishes List of May 2004 Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in May 2004 and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly.
This list identifies the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem.
NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under Federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 72 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.
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.
Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recall campaigns, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of car, truck, motorcycle, or child safety seat, by calling the agency’s toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236), or by accessing NHTSA on the Internet at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.
SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGNS
CARS, VANS, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Models: Honda CBR1000RR Year: 2004
Number Potentially Involved: 8,189
Dates of Manufacture: December 2003 – April 2004
Defect: On certain motorcycles, some digital speedometers may experience a computer program error, causing the speedometer to indicate approximately 25 percent less than the actual vehicle speed. This condition can result in the vehicle being driven at an illegal or unsafe speed, which could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will install an updated speedometer and associated components. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 1, 2004. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Bayerische Motoren Werke
Models: BMW F650 CS Years: 2003-2004
Number Potentially Involved: 1,560
Dates of Manufacture: January 2002 – September 2003
Defect: On certain motorcycles, the plastic fuel pump flange could come into contact with acid or chemical compounds containing acidic elements, such as battery acid or certain cleaning products. The flange could become brittle, crack, and allow fuel to escape from the fuel tank. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will install an acid-resistant cap over the fuel pump flange. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 10, 2004. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.
|Models:||Dodge Dakota||Years: 2002-2004|
|Dodge Durango||Years: 2002-2003|
|Models:||Dodge Ram 1500||Year: 2004|
|Dodge Ram 2500||Year: 2004|
Ford Motor Company
|Models:||Ford F250||Year: 2004|
|Ford F350||Year: 2004|
Ford Motor Company
|Models:||Ford F250||Years: 2002-2003|
|Ford F350||Year: 2002|
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
|Models:||Harley Davidson FLHPI, FLHPEI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FLHR, FLHRCI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCI||Year: 2003|
|arley Davidson FLHTI, FLHTPI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FLTR, FLTRI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FXD, FXDI, FXDL, FXDLI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FXDP, FXDWG, FXDWGI||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson FXDX, FXDXI, FXDXT||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson XL1200, XL1200C||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson XL1200R, XL1200S||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson XL883, XL883C, XL883R||Year: 2003|
|Harley Davidson XL883 HUGGER||Year: 2003|
Hyundai Motor Company
Models: Hyundai Elantra Year: 2004
Number Potentially Involved: 44,530
Dates of Manufacture: September 2003 – April 2004
Defect: During an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offset frontal barrier impact test, fuel spillage occurred as a result of fuel tank damage caused by contact between a vapor tube hose clamp ear and the fuel tank. The vapor tube hose clamp ear was found to be mispositioned and facing toward the fuel tank. In the event of a crash, the mispositioned clamp could puncture the fuel tank, causing fuel leakage. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the position of the vapor tube hose clamp and correctly position the clamp, if necessary. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 24, 2004. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
Models: Land Rover Freelander Year: 2003
Number Potentially Involved: 3,194
Dates of Manufacture: July– September 2002
Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles, the child door lock on the left hand rear door can become disengaged. If the door were opened from the inside while the vehicle was in motion, an occupant could fall out and be injured.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the left hand rear latch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Land Rover at 1-866-352-4827.
Mazda North American Operations
Models: Mazda MPV Years: 2001-2002
Number Potentially Involved: 10,200
Dates of Manufacture: April – November 2001
Defect: On certain minivans equipped with cruise control and on certain minivans that have had the cruise control repaired and possibly had a defective cable installed during that repair. The cruise control actuator cable may break due to insufficient strength. A broken actuator cable could interfere with the operation of the accelerator cable, preventing a decrease in engine speed while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the actuator cable. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
|Models:||Mercedes Benz CL Class||Years: 2000-2001|
|Mercedes Benz S Class||Years: 2000-2001|
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
|Models:||Mercedes Benz CL Class||Years: 2001-2003|
|Mercedes Benz S Class||Years: 2001-2003|
Nissan North America, Inc.
|Models:||Nissan Frontier||Years: 1999-2003|
|Nissan Xterra||Years: 1999-2003|
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
|Models:||Porsche Cayenne||Year: 2004|
|Porsche Cayenne S||Years: 2003-2004|
|Porsche Cayenne Turbo||Years: 2003-2004|
Saab Cars USA, Inc.
Models: Saab 9-3 Years: 2003-2004
Number Potentially Involved: 31,335
Dates of Manufacture: July 2002 – September 2003
Defect: Some of these passenger vehicles were built with seat belt retractors for the front seats that were damaged during the manufacturing process. If damaged, over time, the Automatic Tensioning System (ATS) cable in the seat belt retractor could break, causing the belt webbing to not retract. In the event of a crash, a front seat occupant may receive more severe injuries.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the seat belt retractor assemblies. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Saab at 1-800-955-9007.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Models: Volkswagen Touareg Year: 2004
Number Potentially Involved: 24,269
Dates of Manufacture: April – December 2003
Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles, the rear seat belt latch attachment bolt may have been insufficiently riveted. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if necessary, replace the latch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 21, 2004. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-822-8987.
MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES AND MOTOR HOMES
Blue Bird Corporation
Models: Blue Bird All American Year: 2005
Number Potentially Involved: 297
Dates of Manufacture: January – April 2004
Noncompliance: On certain school buses, the inside panels adjacent to the rear center emergency door (or rear center emergency window on rear engine models) do not conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 221, "School Bus Body Joint Strength." Adhesive was inadvertently omitted from these joints.
Remedy: Dealers will remove the inside rear panels and properly adhere the panels. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 9, 2004. Owners may contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242.
Blue Bird Corporation
Models: Blue Bird All American Years: 2004-2005
Number Potentially Involved: 291
Dates of Manufacture: March – April 2004
Defect: Certain school and transit buses were equipped with driver’s 3-point seat belts with incorrect fasteners. In the event of a crash, the fasteners can pull out. The seat occupant would not be properly restrained, which could result in serious injuries or death.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the driver’s 3-point seat belt upper attaching fasteners. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 8, 2004. Owners may contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242.
|Models:||Freightliner Business Class M2||Years: 2002-2004|
|Freightliner Century||Years: 2003-2004|
|Freightliner Columbia||Years: 2003-2004|
|Sterling HX||Years: 2003-2004|
Models: Freightliner Business Class M2 Year: 2004
Number Potentially Involved: 1,700
Dates of Manufacture: October 2003 – February 2004
Defect: On certain trucks, incorrect springs were installed in the exhaust port of the air management unit (AMU) solenoid valves, and they may not turn off after actuation. Depending on the function affected, this could result in rear suspension air pressure loss, malfunction of the engine brake, permanent engagement of the rear axle differential lock, or prevent engagement of the fifth wheel slide lock. If the warning indicators in the dash are not heeded, a crash could occur.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the affected valves. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.
|Models:||AmTran RE||Years: 2001-2004|
|IC RE||Years: 2003-2004|
International Truck & Engine Corporation
|Models:||International 1652SC||Years: 2003-2004|
|International 3800||Years: 2003-2004|
|International 4700SFC||Years: 2003-2004|
|International CE||Years: 2003-2004|
|International RE||Years: 2003-2004|
|International RE Bus||Years: 2003-2004|
|International CE Bus||Year: 2004|
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