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 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the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”.