Automobile recalls, a necessary evil

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] December’s lineup.

    [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2006_Chevrolet_Corvette_Z06.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 27, 2009

    2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 18 mpgUS combined and recalled on account of a roof liner.

    With any number of JD Power this and Quality Control studies that indicating a manufacturers prowess in offering the safest and highest quality automobiles available, missteps are bound to be made in something as complicated as the automobile. In most cases, minor problems are caught by the manufacturers or through the NHTSA complaint handling system long before an accident or injury has occurred.

    Sometimes however, fatalities are recorded and a manufacturer is forced to issue a recall covering a problem that has grave consequences as was the case for Toyota and the “Sudden Acceleration” more than likely caused by improperly attached floor mats.

    Almost 40,000 lives are lost annually on our Nation’s highways. Traffic crashes are the primary cause of debilitating injuries in the United States and the number one killer of Americans under the age of 34. The annual economic loss to society because of these crashes, in terms of worker productivity, medical costs, insurance costs, etc., is estimated at more than $150 billion. Clearly, there is a need for dramatic improvement in motor vehicle safety. Getting unsafe vehicles off the road is integral to improving safety and saving lives.

    The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since then, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects.

    Manufacturers voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, while others are either influenced by NHTSA investigations or ordered by NHTSA via the courts. If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors. The manufacturer is then required to remedy the problem at no charge to the owner. NHTSA is responsible for monitoring the manufacturer’s corrective action to ensure successful completion of the recall campaign.

    December’s list is mostly minor but if you do own any of the vehicles listed, expect a notice and take care of it ASAP.

    Audi

    2009 Audi Q5

    Summary: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2009 Q5 passenger vehicles manufactured between November 25, 2008 and June 4, 2009. A left and/or right a-pillar trim cover clip may not have been manufactured correctly, allowing the a-pillar trim to become loose when the side guard head protection airbags deploy during a crash.

    Consequence: If this happens, a loose trim piece could injure the front seat occupants of the vehicle.

    Remedy: Volkswagen will inspect the clip in the middle of the left and right a-pillar covers and replace it free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-253-2834 or 1-800-253-2834.

    Ford

    2010 Ford F650
    2010 Ford F750

    Summary: Ford is recalling model years 2010 F650 and F750 trucks. the chassis wire harness may have been assembled without a connector seal if this seal is missing, the connector terminals may corrode affecting the proper illumination of the vehicles rear brake lamps, tail lamps, turn signal lamps or trailer lamps (if equipped.) also, the function of the anti-lock brake system may be affected.

    Consequence: Inoperative lamps may increase the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the connector and repair the main and rear chassis wire harness if necessary. A missing seal will be replaced and electrical grease applied to prevent future corrosion. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact ford at 1-888-222-2751 or 1-888-222-2751 or through the internet at Ford Owner.

    Ford

    2010 Ford F650
    2010 Ford F750

    Summary: Ford is recalling model years 2010 F650 and F750 trucks. The S-cam tubes on the air brake axle assemblies were not greased and corrosion may develop over time, which may restrict release of the service brake at the affected wheel.

    Consequence: If this occurs, it could cause excessive brake temperatures, noise, brake fade, odor, smoke, brake pull and possibly longer stopping distances which could increase the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: Dealers will lubricate the s-cam tube and check the s-cam for free movement at all four wheel locations free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Ford at 1-888-222-2751 or 1-888-222-2751 or through the internet at Ford Owner[/b].

    Ford - Volvo

    2010 Volvo XC60

    Summary: Volvo is recalling model year 2010 xc60 vehicles. The fuel line rail cover that protects the fuel lines under the vehicle may not be properly attached exposing the fuel lines to damage.

    Consequence: Damage to the fuel lines may result in a fuel leak which, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel line rail cover for proper attachment and reattach if necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or 1-800-458-1552.

    Ford - Volvo

    2001-2004 Volvo S60
    2001-2005 Volvo S80
    2001-2004 Volvo V70
    2001-2004 Volvo XC70
    2003-2005 Volvo XC90

    Summary: Volvo is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 S80, model year 2001-2004 V70, S60, XC70 and model year 2003-2005 XC90 vehicles sold in or registered in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and the US territories. When exposed to certain environmental conditions (hot climate and temperature cycling) over time and in combination with varying fuel quality, the fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange.

    Consequence: If the condition occurs vehicle owners may notice fuel smell and/or fuel leak which, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel pump installed in the vehicle, and if necessary replace the fuel pump with a part of a modified design. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or 1-800-458-1552.

    GM - Chevrolet

    2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette
    2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

    Summary: The Adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate. If there is a partial separation, the driver may notice one or more symptoms, such as a snapping noise when driving over bumps, wind noise, poor roof panel fit, rood panel movement/bounce when a door is closed or a water leak in the headliner.

    Consequence: If there is a complete separation, the roof panel may detach from the vehicle. If this were to occur while the vehicle is being driven, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage.

    Remedy: Dealers will install a new design roof panel free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January of 2010. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or 1-800-630-2438 or
    GM Owner Center.

    GM - Cadillac

    2010 Cadillac DTS

    Summary: GM is recalling model year 2010 Cadillac DTS vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, "tire selection and rims". The tire and loading information label, which lists the proper tire and vehicle loading information, was not installed on the vehicle. in addition, there are two labels affixed to affected vehicles that incorrectly describe them as an incomplete vehicle. One label is the vehicle certification label, which certifies that the vehicle conforms to all applicable US federal motor vehicle safety, bumper, and theft prevention standards. The second label is the service parts identification label, which lists various components used in the manufacturing of the vehicle.

    Consequence: Driving the vehicle with tires that are not properly inflated could result in tire overloading, premature or irregular wear, and/or poor handling increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: GM will mail the three correct labels to owners along with installation instructions. Owners may also take the vehicle and the labels to a dealer for installation. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before December 28, 2009. Owners may contact GM or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 or 1-866-982-2339 or at GM Owner Center.

    GM - Chevrolet/GMC

    2010 Chevrolet Equinox
    2010 GM Terrain

    Summary: GM is recalling certain model year 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 103, "windshield defrosting and defogging systems and with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 101, controls and displays". The software in the center instrument panel can cause the heating, air conditioning, defrost, and radio controls, as well as the panel illumination to become inoperative.

    Consequence: Driving without a functioning defrost system can decrease your visibility under certain driving conditions and could result in a crash without warning.

    Remedy: Dealers will replace the computer module in the center instrument panel free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996-9463 or 1-866-996-9463 or at GM Owner Center.

    Mini

    2010 Mini Cooper

    Summary: BMW is recalling certain model year 2010 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, tire selection and rims. The affected vehicles were equipped with 17 inch wheels, but their label states that they were equipped with 16 inch wheels. Also the tire pressure stated on the label for the Cooper S is incorrect.

    Consequence: Erroneous tire information could lead to improper tire fitment and inflation which could affect the durability of the tire and the stability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: Dealers will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117 or 1-800-831-1117.

    Nissan Diesel

    2007-2008 Nissan Diesel – UD3300

    Summary: Nissan diesel is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 UD3300 vehicles that were modified by installing dual steering controls for use as street sweepers. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 121, "air brake systems." brake recertification was not performed on these vehicles during modification of the dual steering system.

    Consequence: Operation of a vehicle with incorrect air brake apply/release timing may result in reduced braking performance which could result in a vehicle crash without prior warning to the vehicle operator.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect and replace the necessary components free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before February 15, 2010. Owners may contact Nissan diesel at 972-756-5500 or 972-756-5500.

    No bikes were in this month’s list and with just 4-days to go in the year; hopefully no more owners will be under the gun for an OEM “quick fix”.

    Fortunately, most are minor as can be seen in the minor relabeling but in many of the more serious cases, “It is much better to be safe, then sorry”.
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A late edition to the Dec. recall notices. I have a weekly E-Mail setup but found it within my Google Recall feed. Fortunately, there should be few that are riding their BMW 650 and 800 GS’ this time of year.

    2008 – 2010 BMW / F650 GS
    2008 – 2010 BMW / F800 GS

    Summary: BMW is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2010 F650 GS and F 800 GS motorcycles manufactured between January 2008 and December 2009. During engine operation, a vacuum is created in order to draw fresh air into the canister. This air then mixes with the fuel vapors captured by the canister, and is subsequently combusted. Due to the routing of the ventilation hose, water near the end of the hose could be drawn into the charcoal canister.

    Consequence: Water could flow into the canister causing a stalling condition increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect and add an additional hose and route it such that the present defect is prevented. This remedy will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact BMW at 1-201-307-4000.
     
  3. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I got one here from November for the '02 Ranger that some of you may be interested in (recall number 09S09):

    "Ford cannot be conficent that over many years of service, a speed control deactivation switch installed on your vehicle will not leak brake fluid, posing a risk of fire. This condition may occur either when the vehicle is parked or when it is being operated.
    The risk exists on vehicles equipped with or without speed control"
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A recall was issued about an hour ago and this time it’s a Honda.

    2006-2007 Honda Ridgeline

    Summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 ridgeline vehicles manufactured between January 17, 2005, and June 7, 2006. A wiring harness connector for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) blower motor located under the passenger's side of the instrument panel may be accessible to kicking by the front seat passenger's feet. If this occurs, the connector terminal may overheat, and this may cause the wire insulation to melt or the wiring connector to melt.

    Consequence: Should the wiring insulation melts and the exposed wires contact each other it will result in a short circuit and a fire could occur.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect and if the wiring connector is damaged it will be replaced and all vehicles will have the protective cover installed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2010. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___The ODI must be working OT as they sent out a Recalls this evening!

    2006-2009 HYUNDAI AZERA

    Component: Seat Belts: Front - Potential Number of Units Affected: 80

    Summary: Hyundai de Puerto Rico is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2009 Azera vehicles manufactured from September 27, 2005, through October 1, 2008. the wiring harness for the right front seat belt tension sensor may sustain damage after repeated use of the seat belt. if the seat belt tension sensor wiring becomes damaged the air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating front air bag deployment.

    Consequence: the seat occupant is at an increased risk of injury should the air bag not deploy as intended.

    Remedy: Hyundai will inspect and replace the right front seat belt and install a new seat belt tension sensor wiring harness clip, if necessary, and reroute the right front seat belt tension sensor wiring and secure the wiring with a new harness. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010.

    Owners may contact Hyundai de Puerto Rico 787-999-3333.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___The big Acura SUV gets nicked this time around...

    2010 ACURA MDX

    Component: Air Bags

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 644

    Summary: Certain model year Acura 2010 MDX vehicles manufactured between October 7, 2009 and November 14, 2009. A bolt used to attach an interior trim piece to either the driver’s or passenger’s side a-pillar may not have been installed during manufacturing.

    Consequence: In the event of a crash resulting in side curtain air bag deployment, the trim piece may not remain properly secured to the a-pillar, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and/or front seat passenger.


    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the interior trim piece of the a-pillar and if a bolt is missing it will be installed free of charge. Four vehicles were purchased before the stop-sale was issued and all the vehicles have been inspected and repaired if necessary, an owner notification will not be issued for this campaign.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___The NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigation starts early in the morning. And late in the evening. And in the middle of the night. And even on weekends...

    2010 CHRYSLER / SEBRING
    2010 DODGE / AVENGER
    2010 DODGE / NITRO
    2009-2010 DODGE / RAM
    2010 JEEP / COMMANDER
    2010 JEEP / GRAND CHEROKEE
    2010 JEEP / LIBERTY

    Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC Mfr's Report Date: JAN 07, 2010

    NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 10V009000 N/A
    NHTSA Action Number: N/A

    Component: Service brakes, hydraulic - Potential Number of Units Affected: 24177

    Summary: Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Chrysler Sebring; Dodge Avenger and Nitro; Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee; and model year 2009-2010 Dodge Ram Truck. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip.

    Consequence: this could result in brake failure without warning which could cause a crash.

    Remedy: Chrysler will replace the brake booster input rod retaining clip free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

    Hi All:

    ___The GM/Toyota vehicles made at the NUMMI plant did not escape the carnage.

    2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

    Component: Power train:clutch assembly: pedal/linkage

    Potential number of units affected: Not listed

    Summary: General Motors is recalling the model year 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe due to the manner in which the friction lever interacts with the sliding surface of the accelerator pedal inside the pedal sensor assembly, the sliding surface of the lever may become smooth during vehicle operation. In this condition, if condensation occurs on the surface, as may occur from heater operation (without A/C) when the pedal assembly is cold, the friction when the accelerator pedal is operated may increase, which may result in the accelerator pedal becoming harder to depress, slower to return, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position.

    Consequence: The accelerator pedal may become hard to depress, slow to return to idle, or, in the worst case, mechanically stuck in a partially depressed position, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: General Motors has not yet provided a remedy plan or an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668 or at the owner center at www.gmownercenter.com.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2009 Kawasaki KL250G9F

    Hi All:

    ___I have uploaded enough information on Toyota’s recall woe’s so let us get back to the business of standard everyday recall realities... There is a Honda Fit recall for fires within the window lift motors if you drive with the windows open in the rain still hanging but the NHTSA has not officially released that one.

    2009 Kawasaki KL250G9F

    Component: Engine and engine cooling

    Potential Number of Units Affected: Not listed

    Summary: Kawasaki is recalling model year 2009 super Sherpa KL250G9F motorcycles. On eligible units, blockage of an oil passage in the engine might restrict oil flow to the cylinder head.

    Consequence: This could result in the engine losing power and eventually stopping which could create the risk of a crash while operating the vehicle resulting in injury or death.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the oil system and repair the cylinder head free of charge. the recall is expected to begin on or before January 25, 2010. Owners may contact Kawasaki consumer services department. No number was listed.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2007/2008 Honda Fit

    Hi All:

    ___I have been waiting to see the official recall on the Fit since I heard about it last week. It is Honda's turn on the firing line…

    2007 – 2008 Honda Fit

    Component: Visibility: Power window devices and controls

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 141,000

    Summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 fit vehicles. Under severe condition, water may enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the water intrusion, overheating and failure of the switch may result.

    Consequence: An overheated switch can cause smoke, melting and fire.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the switch and install a cover around the switch housing to prevent water from entering the switch. If the switch is damaged, the switch will be replaced and a cover will be installed. This service will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2009 – 2010 Pontiac Vibe

    Hi All:

    ___More recall shoes to drop. This it’s the Toyota/GM built Vibe… Back to problematic floor mats.

    2009 – 2010 Pontiac Vibe

    Component: Vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal

    Potential Number of Units Affected: Not listed

    Summary: GM is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Pontiac vibe passenger vehicles. The accelerator pedal can get stuck in the wide open position due to its being trapped by an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat.

    Consequence: A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death.

    Remedy: GM will modify or replace the accelerator pedal and the floor mat with a newly designed mat free of charge. GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668 or at the owner center at GM Owner Center.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2006-2009 Gulf States/Southeast Toyota Sienna

    Hi All:

    ___This time its Gulf States and Southeast Toyota taking Toyota to the recall cleaners although its for something so minor I am surprised a recall was issued… Toyota really should reign the waste of $’s that these two incur on customers and do so immediately!

    2006-2009 Gulf States/Southeast Toyota Sienna

    Component: Equipment:Other:Labels

    Potential Number of Units Affected: Not listed.

    Summary: Gulf States AND Southeast Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Sienna passenger vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, Tire Selection and Rims." These vehicles were sold between September 1, 2005 and June 2, 2008 without the requisite load carrying capacity modification labels.

    Consequence: The manufacturer has not yet provided a consequence for this campaign.

    Remedy: The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy for this campaign. Owners may contact Gulf States or Southeast Toyota at 713-580-3300 and 1-954-420-2000 respectively.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___With the Toyota recalls and Winter Olympics, I fell a bit behind with this so here is to catching up :)

    2010 Hyundai Tucson

    Component: Air bags: frontal: Sensor/Control Module

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 515

    Summary: Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2010 Tucson vehicles. Properly seated adult right front seat passengers weighing over approximately 240 pounds cause the passive occupant detection system (pods) module program to illuminate the "air bag" warning lamp.

    Consequence: If "air bag" warning lamp is illuminated, the passenger air bag will deploy if a crash of sufficient force to require front air bag deployment is experienced, and will not be deactivated if a child is seated in the right front seating position, which may increase the risk of injury to a child front passenger.

    Remedy: Dealers will reprogram the pods module free of charge. Hyundai anticipates owners will be notified by telephone and/or by mail during February 2010. Owners may contact Hyundai customer assistance center at 1-800-633-5151.

    Notes: Hyundai recall no. 095. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153) or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
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  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A Honda this time…

    2005 Honda Odyssey

    Component: Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate:Support Device

    Potential number of units affected: 21776

    Summary: Honda is conducting a safety improvement campaign involving model year 2005 Odyssey Touring vehicles equipped with power operated rear liftgate. The power liftgate gas struts may deteriorate unexpectedly early. Struts that have worn out prematurely may fail to hold the power liftgate in the fully open position, causing the power liftgate to close unexpectedly.

    Consequence: Injury may result from a power liftgate closing unexpectedly when a person is within the closing path of the liftgate.

    Remedy: Dealers will inspect the gas liftgate struts and replace if within the recall population. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 800-999-1009.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A Mazda anyone?

    2010 MAZDA CX-9

    Component: Seats:Front Assembly:Sseat Heater/Cooler

    Potential number of units affected: 12300

    Summary: Mazda is recalling certain model year 2010 cx-9 vehicles equipped with electrically heated front seats. There is a possibility under extremely cold conditions for the seat heater control circuit to overheat and fail due to insufficient electrical grounding.

    Consequence: Tthis may cause burn damage of the seat cushion surface, or a risk of smoke/fire.

    Remedy: Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the seat heater control system. The seat heater control circuit will be replaced if necessary and/or the seat will be repaired free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 9, 2010. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

    Notes: Mazda recall no. 5810b. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A number of oldies but goodies…

    1997-1998 Chevrolet Prizm
    1990-1991 Lexus ES250
    1993-1999 Nissan Altima
    1986-1993 Toyota Celica
    1988-1997 and 2000-2002 Toyota Corolla


    Component: Suspension

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 12657

    Summary: Ride control is recalling certain front strut mounts branded as Gabriel ride control or ArvinMeritor, p/nos. 142435, 142193, 142305, 142303, sold as replacement equipment for the vehicles listed above. The affected front strut mounts did not contain a weld joint between the bearing housing and the rate plate.

    Consequence: The absence of the weld can allow the strut to come out of its mounting position under certain extreme driving conditions which could cause damage to surrounding vehicle components increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy: Ride control will notify owners of record and replace the affected parts free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact ride control at 1-248-458-1396.

    Notes: This recall only pertains to aftermarket Gabriel ride control or ArvinMeritor front strut mounts and has no relation to any original equipment installed on vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Nissan, or Toyota. Owners may also contact the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2010
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    GM Recalls 5,000 Heavy Duty Vans for Engine Fire Risk

    Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans Built in February and March Affected

    GM is conducting a safety recall of about 5,000 heavy-duty Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana passenger and cargo vans and halting production and sale of the trucks until a fix for a suspected faulty alternator can be determined.

    Retail and fleet customers who purchased these vans, which were built in February and March this year, are being urged to stop driving the vans, park them outside away from buildings and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables.

    Vehicles affected by the recall and stop sale fall in these ranges of Vehicle Identification Numbers (last eight digits shown):

    Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5
    YearDivisionModelFromThrough
    2010ChevroletExpress 2500/3500A1129327A1142523
    2010GMCSavana 2500/3500A1128784A1901915

    Relatively few of the affected vans are in retail customer possession. About 1,300 are in rental and other fleets, and a Stop Sale order was issued Friday, preventing the fleet-owned vans from being rented or those on dealer lots from being sold. Others are being held at dealerships or in ports before being exported.

    Only the 2500 (three-quarter ton) and 3500 (one-ton) Series vans are affected. Light-duty (half-ton) Express and Savana vans use a different alternator. The light-duty vans are still being built and shipped from the plant in Wentzville, Mo. Typical production at the plant is about 60 percent heavy-duty models.

    "The Stop Sale and production halt are measures being taken to assure customer safety until we have a repair procedure," said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of Safety and Interiors.

    AC Delco Alternators Also Affected

    About 1,400 AC Delco aftermarket parts also are affected by the recall. The affected part numbers are: 15200110; 15288861; 15263859 and 15847291. Customers who had a heavy duty alternator replaced in February or March in a 2005-2010 heavy-duty Express or Savana van or other 2005-2009 GM truck or SUV also are being urged to check their repair order receipts to determine if a suspect part was involved. If it was, or the part used is unknown, they are urged to stop driving their vehicles, park them away from buildings and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables.

    These owners also are asked to contact their Customer Assistance Center to provide their contact information, so we can follow up with them when more information is available.
     
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___Acura has a small problem with the recently released ZDX…

    2010 ACURA / ZDX

    Component: Air Bags

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,854

    Summary: Honda is recalling certain model year 2010 Acura ZDX passenger cars manufactured between November 12, 2009 and March 22, 2010. During the manufacturing process, the dashboard covering material may have not been properly laser scored to allow complete deployment of the front passenger's SRS airbag.

    Consequence: in the event of a crash, the airbag will not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury.

    Remedy: Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will inspect the dashboard covering material and replace if necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about April 21, 2010. Owners may contact Acura client services at 1-800-382-2238.

    Notes: Honda's recall campaign number is r34. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___A Ford approved upfitter’s turn in the wood shed…

    2007 – 2009 FORD E-150/E-250/E-350

    Component: Adaptive Equipment

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 65

    Summary: Comm-trans is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 ADA conversion vans built on Ford E-150, E-250, and E-350 chassis between December 7, 2007 and December 23, 2009 and fitted with Ricon public use lifts.

    The restraint belt on these lifts was designed to prevent the lift from moving, unless the tongue of the belt is fully engaged and latched in the buckle. Ricon has discovered, however, that it is possible for the operator to insert the belt tongue into the buckle without fully engaging the latching mechanism. In this case, the restraint belt would appear to be latched, and the operator could run the lift. If the restraint belt tongue is not fully engaged into the restraint belt buckle, and latched, the lift may operate with an occupant on the platform.

    Consequence: The user of the lift could be injured should the lift move without the restraint belt properly buckled.

    Remedy: Comm-trans is working with Ricon and Ricon will be performing the remedy for this campaign. Please see Ricon's defect report 09e-060. Ricon will provide customers with a warning decal and a dvd-based training aid. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2010. Owners may contact Ricon at 1-818-267-3000 or Comm-trans at 1-901-726-9394

    Notes: Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ___BMW’s turn.

    2010 BMW X5 M

    Component: Exterior lighting

    Potential number of units affected: Not listed

    Summary: BMW is recalling certain model year 2010 X5 M vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment," these vehicle's were equipped with side marker lamps, but not the power supply cables leading to the lamps. As a result, the side marker lamps do not illuminate.

    Consequence: These vehicles do not comply with requirements of FMVSS no. 108.

    Remedy: BMW has not yet provided a remedy or an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact BMW at 800-525-7417.

    Notes: Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safer Car.
     

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