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 The Auto Industry Is Recalling More Than Central Park in Fall

As part of our never-ending quest to bring you bad news, uh, we mean, Important Information, Better World Club has begun publishing recall information for passenger vehicles. Please don't shoot the messenger:

Make / Models / Build Years::  
KIA / SEDONA / 2006
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: FOUNDATION ComponentS: HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Consequence: THIS WOULD RESULT IN THE LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID, WHICH COULD CAUSE DECREASED BRAKE FUNCTION, LEADING TO CRASH AND PERSONAL INJURIES.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE POSITIONING OF THE REAR CALIPER BRAKE HOSES AND ADJUST OR REPLACE THEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

Make / Models / Build Years::  
TOYOTA / ECHO / 2001-2002
TOYOTA / PRIUS / 2001-2002
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Consequence: ENGINE OIL INSIDE THE SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR COULD CAUSE EXPANSION DUE TO THE HEAT OF THE ENGINE AND COULD DEFORM THE SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR. THE CONNECTOR MAY BECOME DISCONNECTED, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL WHILE DRIVING AND NOT BE ABLE TO BE RESTARTED INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY AUGUST 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Make / Models / Build Years::         
ACURA / MDX / 2006
ACURA / RL / 2006
ACURA / RSX / 2006
ACURA / TL / 2006
ACURA / TSX / 2006
HONDA / ACCORD / 2006
HONDA / ACCORD HYBRID / 2006
HONDA / CB900F 2006
HONDA / CBR1000RR / 2006
HONDA / CBR600RR / 2006
HONDA / CH80 ELITE / 2006
HONDA / CHF50 / 2006
HONDA / CHF50 S METROPOLITAN / 2006
HONDA / CIVIC / 2006
HONDA / CIVIC HYBRID / 2006
HONDA / CN250 HELIX / 2006-2007
HONDA / CR-V / 2006
HONDA / ELEMENT / 2006
HONDA / FIT / 2007
HONDA / GL1800 GOLDWING / 2006
HONDA / INSIGHT / 2006
HONDA / NSS250 / 2006
HONDA / NSS250A / 2006
HONDA / NSS250AS REFLEX / 2006
HONDA / NSS250S / 2006
HONDA / ODYSSEY / 2006
HONDA / PILOT / 2006
HONDA / RIDGELINE / 2006
HONDA / RVT1000R / 2006
HONDA / S2000 / 2006
HONDA / ST1300 / 2006
HONDA / ST1300A / 2006
HONDA / ST1300P / 2006
HONDA / VFR800 / 2006
HONDA / VFR800A / 2006
HONDA / VT1100C / 2007
HONDA / VT1100C2 / 2007
HONDA / VT600C / 2007
HONDA / VT600CD / 2007
HONDA / VT750C / 2007
HONDA / VT750DC SHADOW SPIRIT / 2007
HONDA / VTX1800C / 2006
HONDA / VTX1800F / 2006
HONDA / VTX1800N / 2006
HONDA / VTX1800R / 2006
HONDA / VTX1800S / 2006
Component: EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL
Consequence: THE LANGUAGE IN THE OWNER'S MANUALS IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CURRENT MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS.
Remedy: HONDA WILL SEND A POSTCARD TO DEALERS AND OWNERS WITH THE CORRECT NHTSA VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE INFORMATION AND WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO INSERT THE CARD INTO THE "REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS" SECTION OF THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY AUGUST 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009, ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238 OR HONDA MOTORCYCLES AT 1-866-784-1870.

Acura Roadside Assistance

Are you an Acura driver in need of a roadside assistance program? Check out Better World Club’s roadside service, which covers any vehicle you’re in and up to 3 other members of your family. Also, if you drive an Acura hybrid, you get a 15% discount off our auto club membership!

Make / Models / Build Years::  
FORD / E450 / 1996-2002
FORD / ECONOLINE / 1994-1996
FORD / EXCURSION / 2000-2002
FORD / EXPLORER / 1998
FORD / F250 / 1994-2002
FORD / F350 / 1994-2002
FORD / F450 / 1994-2002
FORD / F550 / 1994-2002
FORD / MOUNTAINEER / 1998
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Consequence: OVERHEATING COULD RESULT IN SMOKE OR BURN AND AN UNDERHOOD FIRE.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS INTO THE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 7, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.

Make / Models / Build Years::
JEEP / LIBERTY / 2002-2006
Component: SUSPENSION: FRONT: CONTROL ARM: LOWER BALL JOINT
Consequence: WHEN THE DRIVER CONTINUES TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE WITH THIS CONDITION, THE CONTAMINATION CAN LEAD TO CORROSION, ACCELERATED WEAR AND POSSIBLY SEPARATION FROM THE STEERING KNUCKLE CAUSING A LOSS OF VEHICLE STEERING CONTROL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2006. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Make / Models / Build Years::  
CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE / 2004
CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 1500 / 2005-2006
CHEVROLET / KODIAK / 2006
CHEVROLET / SILVERADO / 2004-2006
CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN / 2004-2005
CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 1500 / 2006
GMC / SIERRA / 2004-2006
GMC / TOPKICK 6500 / 2006
GMC / YUKON XL / 2004-2006
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Consequence: IF THE DAMPER COMES LOOSE, A FUEL LEAK MAY RESULT. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ENGINE FUEL RAIL PULSE DAMPER RETAINER CLIP FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND GMC TRUCKS AT 1-866-996-9463.

Make / Models / Build Years::  
AUDI / A3 / 2006
Component: AIR BAGS: SIDE/WINDOW
Consequence:  IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE AIR BAG MAY NOT INFLATE AS DESIGNED INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO A SEAT OCCUPANT.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AUDI AT 1-800-822-2834.

Make / Models / Build Years::  
KIA / RIO / 2003
Component: SEAT BELTS: REAR
Consequence: IF A CHILD SEAT IS NOT PROPERLY SECURED, THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR OUTBOARD SEATBELT ASSEMBLIES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI-KIA AT 1-800-333-4542.

Make / Models / Build Years::  
JEEP / GRAND CHEROKEE / 2006
Component: AIR BAGS: FRONTAL: DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Consequence: T HE AIR BAG MAY NOT INFLATE PROPERLY, WHICH CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY IN CERTAIN CRASH CONDITIONS.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE DRIVER'S FRONT AIR BAG INFLATOR FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THE WEEK OF AUGUST 2, 2006. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

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