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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

February 2010 Recalls

BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 7-Series and model year 2010 550i Grand Turismo vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110 "Tire Selection and Rims." These vehicle's are equipped with a tire pressure label indicating that the vehicle's seating capacity is five (5) passengers. The actual seating capacity is four (4) passengers. The tire size, tire pressure, and vehicle capacity weight on the label are correct. The tire label does not conform to FMVSS 110. BMW has not yet provided a remedy or an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

Daimler Trucks is recalling certain model year 2010 Freightliner Cascadia vehicles manufactured May 20, 2009 through January 29, 2010 and equipped with optional Sheppard HD94 steering gears. Restraining washer locking tabs may not have been seated into the pitman arm retainer notches during assembly. Incomplete installation of the pitman arm retaining mechanism may allow unthreading of the retainer. Disengagement of the pitman arm from the steering box may result in loss of steering and crash could occur. Dealers will inspect to insure pitman arm retainer is properly torqued and restraining washer is properly installed with locking tabs seated in notches of the retainer. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before April 23, 2010. Owners may contact Daimler Trucks at 1-800-547-0712.

Entegra is recalling certain model year 2010 Aspire motor homes built on Freightliner chassis manufactured between October 2, 2009 and December 18, 2009 with Kongsberg Power Products Systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged, this may cause a reduction in vehicle braking and/or cause the brake pedal to move out of position and interfere with throttle pedal function. A reduction in braking or interference with the throttle pedal could result in a vehicle crash. Units are in dealers stock and none have been retail sold. Therefore, owner letters to customers will not take place. Dealers will receive kits and will inspect and install a C-clamp on the adjustable brake pedal.

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2004 SAAB 9-3 sedans. Some of these vehicles were produced with front seat belt retractors that, over time, could fail to retract. Using a seat belt that has not retracted, and in the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the driver side retractor free of charge. If the front passenger retractor were to fail to retract, GM will replace the front passenger retractor free of charge under a special coverage that will be released for the same population for 10 years from new vehicle date of sale. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact SAAB at 1-800-620-7668 or at the owner center at www.gmownercenter.com.

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. An overheating switch can cause smoke, melting and fire. 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 safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

Honda is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Honda Accord and Civic, model year 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, model year 2002-2003 3.2TL and one vehicle for model year 2003 Honda Pilot, Civic and Acura 3.2CL passenger vehicles. The driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. If an affected airbag deploys, the increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material possibly causing injury or fatality to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. The safety recall began on February 26, 2010. Owners may contact Honda Automobile Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009.

Honda is conducting a safety improvement campaign involving certain 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. Injury may result from a power liftgate closing unexpectedly when a person is within the closing path of the liftgate. Dealers will inspect the gas liftgate struts and replace if within the recall population. This service will be performed free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

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. 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. Dealers will reprogram the pods module free of charge. Hyundai anticipates owners will be notified by telephone and/or by mail during March 2010. Owners may contact Hyundai Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.

Jayco is recalling certain model year 2010 Insignia motor homes built on Freightliner chassis manufactured between October 14, 2009 and January 15, 2010 with Kongsberg Power Products Systems adjustable brake pedals. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance of the assembly may become disengaged, this may cause a reduction in vehicle braking and/or cause the brake pedal to move out of position and interfere with throttle pedal function. A reduction in braking or interference with the throttle pedal could result in a vehicle crash. Units are in dealers stock and none have been retail sold. Therefore, owner letters to customers will not take place. Dealers will receive kits and will inspect and install a C-clamp on the adjustable brake pedal. Jayco may be reached at 1-800-283-8267.

Keystone is recalling certain model year 2010 Fuzion travel trailers and fifth wheels with the Touring Edition II package. The rear ramp door cable support bracket bolts may fail when the door is used in the patio position. A falling door can lead to an increased risk of personal injury if a person is on the door in the patio position. Dealers will replace the ramp door cable hardware with the correct hardware free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Cougar and Laredo trailers and fifth wheel vehicles. These vehicles have experienced a limited number of failures with its spare tire carriers in particular, the spare tire carriers, when combined with a 16' spare tire and when installed on the bumper of a slide out bike/storage rack, may break or crack after time causing the spare tire to fall off. If the tire carrier fails causing the tire to come loose, there is an increased risk of personal injury and property damage. The remedy is to replace the spare tire carrier with a new spare tire carrier free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 15, 2010. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

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

Mitsubishi is recalling certain model year 2004 endeavor vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C. Cold states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Utah. Adjoining states include Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In severe corrosive environments where road salts are frequently used in winter vehicles may be exposed to road debris (mud) mixed with road salt. This material can become trapped between a reinforcing bracket and the fuel filler pipe, potentially causing corrosion. Over time, corrosion could create a leak in the fuel filler pipe that could result in a fuel leakage when fueling the vehicle. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel filler pipe with a new improved part free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before July 5, 2010. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

Mitsubishi is recalling certain model year 2010 Galant vehicles. The automatic transmission oil cooler pipe assembly on some vehicles may have insufficient plating to prevent corrosion, if the pipe should develop a hole due to corrosion, automatic transmission fluid leakage may occur. ATF in the presence of an ignition source may result in a potential fire hazard. Dealers will have the aft oil cooler pipe assembly inspected. If insufficient plating is found during inspection, the dealer will replace the aft oil cooler pipe assembly with new parts containing appropriate anti-corrosion plating. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

Navistar is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 International Prostar and Lonestar trucks equipped with feature code 04AZT roll stability control. The air line that supplies the traction solenoid valve of the roll stability control (RSC) system may have been connected to an incorrect port on the air tank. This condition will affect air modulation to the trailer brakes if RSC is activated during a roll stability event. This condition at no time affects the normal design function of the tractor and trailer service brakes when activated by the driver, or the function of the tractor RSC system. Less than optimal RSC control of the trailer brakes during a roll stability event may increase the risk of a crash which can result in property damage, personal injury, or death. Dealers will inspect and relocate the air line that supplies the RSC traction solenoid valve to the correct port on the air tank. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on February 19, 2010. Owners may contact Navistar at 1-800-448-7825.

Peterbilt is recalling certain model year 2010 320 trucks equipped with Hendrickson HLR2 non-steering pusher axle for failing to comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, "Air Brake Systems." The trucks were not manufactured with the required number of air tanks for proper operation of the vehicle's brake system. This situation may impact the operator's ability to stop the vehicle which may cause an accident involving death or personal injury. Dealers will install an additional air reservoir to the air system free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2010. Owners may contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4196.

Gulf States 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. The manufacturer has not yet provided a consequence for this campaign. The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy for this campaign. Owners may contact Gulf States Toyota at 1-713-580-3300.

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. The manufacturer has not yet provided a consequence for this campaign. The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy for this campaign. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-954-420-2000.

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250H passenger vehicles. Customers have experienced inconsistent brake feel after ABS actuation during slow and steady application of the brakes on rough or slick road surfaces. Stopping distances may be increased compared with a customer's expectation for a given pedal force. Vehicle stopping distances may increase relative to a customer's expectation increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will rewrite the programming of the ABS control unit free of charge. The safety recall began on March 3, 2010. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 Camrys. The length of the power steering pressure hose on vehicles equipped with the 4-cylinder (2AR-FE) engine may be insufficient, such that the gap between the crimp on the pressure hose and the brake tube for the left rear brake may be insufficient. Under these circumstances the brake tube may interfere with the crimp and may wear and then perforate. A brake tube perforation may result in brake fluid leakage. A leak in brake fluid may impact braking performance increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners and, if necessary, dealers will replace or adjust the brake tube free of charge. The safety recall began on March 4, 2010. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. The propeller shaft may develop cracks during the manufacturing process. Over time, the cracks may eventually lead to the separation of the propeller shaft. This may result in a loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the front propeller shaft on affected vehicles free of charge. Owners will be notified in March and April 2010. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

TrailManor is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 travel trailers manufactured between August 1, 2009, and October 31, 2009, equipped with Carrier AIRV ceiling units, model nos. 68RV0010BA, 68RV0012CA, and 68RV0010EA. The heater element in these assemblies may be defective which could cause the unit to create smoke or sparks. This defect could result in a fire. TrailManor will notify owners and the vehicles will be repaired free of charge. The repairs will be performed by Carrier. Please see Carrier's defect report 09E-053. The safety recall began on December 15, 2009. Owners may contact Carrier at 1-877-584-7059.

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