NHTSA Publishes List of February 2002 Recalls-BMW 325i.330i,525i,530i Jeep Wrangler; Dodge Ram; Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Grand Cherokee;Ford Ranger; Saturn S; Hyundai Tiburon;Nissan Maxima, Sentra; Infiniti I35; Chevy T Series Truck; GMC T Series Truck; INternational Truck RE,FE,FC; Isuzu Trucks FVR, FTR, FSR; Starcraft RV's;

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in February 2002 and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly.

The 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 a http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.  The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.


SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGNS

February 2002

 

VEHICLES:
CARS, VANS, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES

 


BMW
Models: BMW 325i Year:    2002
BMW 330i Year:    2002
BMW 525i Year:    2002
BMW 530i Year:    2002
Number Involved:  4,672
Dates of Manufacture:  November 2001
Defect:  On these passenger vehicles, the front strut mount thrust bearing was not properly positioned and secured.  If the suspension is fully unloaded, the front strut could separate from the upper mount.  This could affect vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
  Dealers will replace both front spring strut upper mounts.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-331-1117.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V057]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Models: Jeep Wrangler Years: 1990 -1995
Number Involved:  316,148
Dates of Manufacture:  July 1989 – December 1995
Defect:  On those sport utility vehicles equipped with manual transmissions, the parking brake can self-release without warning, allowing the vehicle to roll away and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will install a parking brake assembly with a stronger pawl return spring.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during the summer of 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V041/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. B03]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Models: Dodge Ram Year: 2001
Number Involved:  268,740
Dates of Manufacture:  January – August 2000
Defect:  On certain pickup trucks, the alternator wire connection to the power distribution center (PDC) can loosen, resulting a vehicle fire.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the installation of the alternator wire connection to the PDC and, if necessary, reposition the wire so that the crimp connection will face upward and tighten the fastener to the correct torque setting.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during late April or early May 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V042/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. B04]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Models: Jeep Grand Wagoneer Years: 1993-1998
Jeep Grand Cherokee Years: 1993-1998
Number Involved:  1,620,000
Dates of Manufacture:  June 1992 – May 1998
Defect:  On some sport utility vehicles, when a driver has not placed the transmission shifter lever fully into the "Park" position and leaves the vehicle running, the vehicle could unexpectedly move rearward after seeming to be stable.  This could result in a crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will add a secondary detent system to the floor shifter assembly.  On March 22, 2002, DaimlerChrysler sent owners an interim notice concerning this problem.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V053/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. B02]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford Motor Company
Models: Ford Ranger Year:2002
Number Involved:  1,096
Dates of Manufacture:  May 2001 – January 2002
Defect:  In certain pickup trucks equipped with the FX4 package, the rear axle differential case could fracture under a high torque event, such as when customers accelerate rapidly from a stop or when a spinning tire suddenly gains traction.  Differential fractures could potentially result in wheel lock-up and a loss of vehicle control.
Remedy:  Dealers will replace the rear axle assembly.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-435-7332.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V035/Ford Recall No. 02S32]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Motors Corporation
 

Models:          Saturn S Series

   Year:   2002

Number Involved:  1,509
Dates of Manufacture:  January – February 2002
Defect:  Some passenger vehicles equipped with automatic transaxles were assembled with an inadequate weld at the brake pedal pad to pedal actuator arm assembly.  During braking, the brake pedal pad could separate from the brake pedal actuator arm.  If this were to occur, the driver’s foot could become dislodged from the pedal, resulting in a loss of brake system application, and a vehicle crash could occur.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the brake pedal assembly.  The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Feb. 19, 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, Prompt #3.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V060/GM Recall No. 02007/Saturn Recall No. 02C06]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyundai Motor America

Models:

Hyundai Tiburon

Year:2003

Number Involved:  1,174
Dates of Manufacture:  October 2001 – January 2002
Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the left lower instrument panel bracket was not installed.  If this bracket has not been installed, there may be an increased likelihood of injury, or increased severity of injury, in a frontal crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the vehicles to determine if the bracket has been installed.  If the bracket has not been installed, the dealer will install the left lower instrument panel bracket.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V044/Hyundai Recall No. 050]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nissan North America, Inc.
Models: Nissan Maxima Year: 2002
  Infiniti I35 Year: 2002
Number Involved:  39,000
Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles equipped with an electronic throttle control system, the stopper for the accelerator pedal will prevent excessive movement of the accelerator position sensor.  If the driver applies overly excessive force to the accelerator pedal while at the same time pushing it to the right, the pedal can “over travel” due to the design of the pedal stopper.  This will cause the engine malfunction indicator lamp to come on and the engine speed to be severely limited.  If this occurs unexpectedly, it could lead to a crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will install a new accelerator pedal stopper.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V043]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nissan North America, Inc.

Models:

Nissan Sentra SER

Year:2002

Number Involved:  9,640
Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a Nissan-approved accessory floor mat that was installed either at the assembly plant or by the dealer, due to the length of the driver side floor mat, a small amount of mat movement could cause the mat to interfere with the accelerator pedal and not allow the pedal to release after it is depressed.  If this occurs unexpectedly, it could lead to a crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the driver side floor mat and if it is a Nissan floor mat subject to this recall, the dealer will replace both the driver and passenger side floor mats.  The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began March 18, 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V056]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES AND MOTOR HOMES

 


General Motors Corporation
Models:

Chevrolet T Series

Years: 1999-2000

 

GMC T Series

Years: 1999-2000

Number Involved:  1,530
Dates of Manufacture:  September 1998 – August 2000
Defect:  Some medium duty tilt cab trucks equipped with manual transmissions have a condition in which the clutch master-cylinder pushrod end that attaches to the clutch pedal pin can wear prematurely.  The first noticeable effect of this wear could be the clutch pedal not returning completely to the full-up position.  If this occurs, the fast-idle engine speed control may not function.  If the clutch master-cylinder pushrod end wears sufficiently to allow the attaching end to bend open or break off, the pedal pin would detach from the clutch rod link and the clutch would engage.  If clutch engagement occurred while the vehicle was stopped, with the engine running and the transmission in gear, and if the brakes were not applied, the vehicle could move.
Remedy:  Dealers will install a new clutch master-cylinder assembly and clutch pedal assembly. The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V052/GM Recall No. 02006]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

International Truck and Engine Corporation

Models:

International 4300

Year: 2002

 

International 4400

Year: 2002

Number Involved:  1,442
Dates of Manufacture:  October 2000 – October 2001
Defect:  On certain heavy duty trucks equipped with IROS rear suspensions, four bolts and nuts holding the main support member bushing bar pins to the main support member hangers were incorrectly tightened.  The nuts could work loose or fall off allowing the bolts to fatigue and fail the connection between a main support member bushing frame hanger.  Separation of the main support member assembly from the frame mounted hanger bracket could result increasing the risk of sudden loss of control of the vehicle.
Remedy:  Dealers will install four new nuts and bolts and tighten to specification.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact International at 1-800-448-7825.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V054/International Recall No. 02501]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


International Truck and Engine Corporation
Models:

International RE

Years: 1992-1997

International FE

Years: 1992-1997

International FC

Years: 1992-1997

Number Involved:  2,678
Dates of Manufacture:  May 1991 – November 1996
Defect:  On certain buses, galvanic corrosion on the die cast adapter plate causes distortion of the wagon wheel seals that are mounted on the adapter plate.  If the seals become distorted, the tipper valves cannot properly seat against the wagon wheel seals.  If the tipper valves cannot seat completely, the fluid can back flow past the valves towards the reservoir and create a pressure loss for the front brakes, the rear brakes, or both.  This condition can result in an extended stopping distance without warning to the driver, and the driver may feel the pedal fade or go completely to the floor, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the vehicles and the master cylinders found to have the original die cast adapter plate design will be replaced.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact International at 1-800-448-7825.

[NHTSA Recall No. 02V055/International Recall No. 02502]

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Isuzu Motors Limited
Models:

Isuzu FVR       

Years: 1999-2000

 

Isuzu FTR       

Years: 1999-2000

 

Isuzu FSR       

Years: 1999-2000

Number Involved:  1,368
Dates of Manufacture:  August 1998 – August 2000
Defect:  Some medium duty tilt cab trucks equipped with manual transmissions have a condition in which the clutch master-cylinder pushrod end that attaches to the clutch pedal pin can wear prematurely.  The first noticeable effect of this wear could be the clutch pedal not returning completely to the full-up position.  If this occurs, the fast-idle engine speed control may not function.  If the clutch master-cylinder pushrod end wears sufficiently to allow the attaching end to bend open or break off, the pedal pin would detach from the clutch rod link and the clutch would engage.  If clutch engagement occurred while the vehicle was stopped, with the engine running and the transmission in gear, and if the brakes were not applied, the vehicle could move.
Remedy:  Dealers will install a new clutch master-cylinder assembly and clutch pedal assembly. The manufacturer reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643-4070.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V052001]


 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Starcraft RV, Inc.

Models:

Starcraft Gemini 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft Nova

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft Orion 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft 2101 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft 2105 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft 2107 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft 1706 

Years:2001-2002

 

Starcraft 1702

Year:2001

 

Starcraft 2106

Year:2001

 

Starcraft 2408

Year:2001

 

Starcraft 2601  

Year:2001

 

Starcraft Apollo  

Year:2002

 

Starcraft Aurora  

Year:2002

 

Starcraft Comet   

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 1404    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 1701L   

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2104 Shuttle  

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2106   

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2106L   

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2108    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2109    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2112    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2406    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2407   

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2408    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2409    

Year:2002

 

Starcraft 2410L   

Year:2002

Number Involved:  3,600
Dates of Manufacture:  February 2001 – February 2002
Defect:   On certain camping trailers equipped with lift systems provided by Goshen Stamping Company and winches supplied by Dutton-Lainson Company, the winches included in the roof lifter systems have an inadequate weld to the gear, so that a raised roof could descend rapidly.  The rapidly descending roof could result in property damage or serious personal injury.
Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the lifter system and replace any defective winch.  The manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during April 2002.  Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Starcraft at 1-219-593-2550.

[NHTSA Recall No. 02V034]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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