Vehicle Recalls March 2004 - Complete List

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of March 2004 auto safety recalls announced and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly.

This list identifies the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem.

 Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Historically, 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 888-327-4236 or by accessing NHTSA on the Internet at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.





SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGNS
March 2004


    VEHICLES:  

    CARS, VANS, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES


    Bentley Motors Ltd.

    Models:   Bentley Arnage R Years:     2002-2004
      Bentley Arnage RL Years:     2002-2004
      Bentley Arnage T Years:     2002-2004
      Bentley Arnage Limousine Years:     2002-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  529
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2001 – February 2004
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel feed line quick connector may disengage, allowing fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will remove the quick release collar, ensure that the quick connector is fully engaged, and install a safety clip. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 22, 2004. Owners may contact Bentley at 1-800-777-6923.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V130/Bentley Recall No. R04/02]

    Big Dog Motorcycles, LLC

    Models:   Big Dog Boxer Year:     2004
      Big Dog Bulldog Year:     2004
      Big Dog Chopper Year:     2004
      Big Dog Daytec Chopper Year:     2004
      Big Dog Mastiff Year:     2004
      Big Dog Pitbull Year:     2004
      Big Dog Ridgeback Year:     2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  1,906
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2003 - March 2004
    Defect:  On certain motorcycles, the piston in the rear master cylinder may have been improperly sized, which could cause the rear brakes to drag or lock up. This could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will remove the piston from the rear master cylinder and replace it with a new piston. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 30, 2004. Owners may contact Big Dog at 1-316-267-9121.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V137]

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Models:     Jeep Liberty                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  2,875
    Dates of Manufacture:  January 2004
    Defect:  On some sport utility vehicles, certain remote keyless entry (RKE) input may cause the body control module (BCM) software to actuate the door lock motors continuously. This can cause the lock motor bearings to overheat and seize. If this occurs, the door lock system will become inoperative.
    Remedy::Dealers will inspect and replace, as necessary, the door latch assemblies, and the BCM software will be updated. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign.   Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V111/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. D09]

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Models:     Jeep Grand Cherokee                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  14,621
    Dates of Manufacture:  December 2003 – February 2004
    Defect:  On some sport utility vehicles equipped with a 4.0-liter engine, the crankshaft position sensor wiring insulation may crack and expose the wire. In the presence of moisture, this could result in sensor malfunction, which could cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the crankshaft position sensor. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 29, 2004. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V112/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. D13]

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Models:     Chrysler Pacifica                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  34,561
    Dates of Manufacture:  January – July 2003
    Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with a NGC-1 powertrain control module, the software protocol used to test the vehicle exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system may lead to engine stalling under certain circumstances, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install revised engine controller software, which will eliminate the potential for the stalling condition. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 15, 2004. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.  

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V113/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. D15]

    Ford Motor Company

    Models:   Ford Taurus Year:      2003
      Mercury Sable Year:      2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  399,926
    Dates of Manufacture:  April 2002 – September 2003
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the air filter paper can smolder or burn. This can lead to damage to the air induction system on these vehicles and/or an underhood fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the air filter element. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 10, 2004. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V105/Ford Recall No. 04S11]

    Ford Motor Company

    Models:   Ford Taurus Years:      2000-2003
      Mercury Sable Years:      2000-2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  938,789
    Dates of Manufacture:  May 1999 – March 2003
    Defect:  Certain passenger vehicles are being recalled to correct a problem with a malfunctioning stop lamp switch and/or associated wiring. This malfunctioning could render the stop lamps inoperable or cause them to stay on all the time. This could cause confusion to a following driver, which could lead to a crash. In addition, if the switch and/or associated wiring fail in the open position, the brake lights will not actuate and the driver will not be able to shift the vehicle out of "Park."  If they fail in the closed position, the brake lights will remain on, which will not allow the speed control to be activated. This could also cause the battery to discharge.
    Remedy:  Dealers will remove the stop lamp switch and associated wiring assembly and install a newly designed stop lamp switch and wire assembly. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on April 5, 2004. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V106/Ford Recall No. 04S12]

    General Motors Corporation
    Models:     Oldsmobile Aurora                   Years:      1995-1997
    Number Potentially Involved:  93,572
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 1993 – June 1997
    Defect:  Certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 engine have a condition in which the nylon tubing used in the fuel rail construction may degrade and crack. Additionally, the MY 1995 Aurora uses a unique underhood fuel return line that may crack. Cracking of the fuel rail or return line tubing can result in a fuel leak into the engine compartment. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install a new fuel rail assembly constructed out of stainless steel. Dealers will also install a revised chassis fuel return line.  The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during May 2004. Owners may contact Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V110/GM Recall No. 04014]

    General Motors Corporation

    Models:   Chevrolet Silverado Years:     2000-2004
      GMC Sierra Years:     2000-2004
      Chevrolet Avalanche Years:     2002-2004
      Cadillac Escalade EXT Years:     2002-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  3,662,211
    Dates of Manufacture:  October 1999 – November 2003
    Defect:  On certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the galvanized steel tailgate support cables that retain the tailgate in the full open (horizontal) position may corrode, weaken, and eventually fracture. If both cables fractured, the tailgate would suddenly drop and strike the top surface of the rear bumper. Anyone sitting or standing on the horizontal surface of the tailgate when both cables fractured could be injured by falling from the tailgate. On vehicles that have had the bumper removed, the tailgate may drop even lower. Additionally, if there is cargo on the tailgate the cargo may fall off if the support cables fracture.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the cables. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2004. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438; Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339; or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V129/GM Recall No. 04007]

    General Motors Corporation

    Models:   Chevrolet Blazer Years:     2003-2004
      Chevrolet S-10 Years:     2003-2004
      GMC Jimmy Years:     2003-2004
      GMC Sonoma Years:     2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  183,922
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2002 – April 2004 
    Noncompliance:  Certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." Some of these vehicles include incorrect statements on one of the air bag warning labels.
    Remedy:  Owners will be provided with correct labels and installation instructions. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during April or May 2004. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V132/GM Recall No. 04021]

    General Motors Corporation
    Models:     Buick Rendezvous                   Years:      2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  103,956
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2002 – March 2004 
    Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles, a structural support at the latch attachment in the rear liftgate may be inadequate to retain the latch to the liftgate in certain severe vehicle crash events. If the liftgate were to open in a vehicle crash, an occupant could be ejected from the vehicle resulting in increased risk of personal injury.   
    Remedy:  Dealers will add structural reinforcements to the liftgate in the area adjoining the latch assembly. Note:  This is an expansion of a previous recall (03V-211). The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick at 1-866-608-8080.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V150/GM Recall No. 03030A]

    General Motors Corporation
    Models:     Cadillac SRX                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  11,375
    Dates of Manufacture:  March 2003 – January 2004 
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles equipped with all wheel drive, the antilock brake system (ABS) may improperly temporarily isolate the driver from the foundation brake system for a maximum of 1.25 seconds. This can cause an increase in braking distance, which could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will reprogram the ABS electronic control unit. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during April or May 2004. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V151/GM Recall No. 04018]

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

    Models:   Harley Davidson FLHPEI Years:     2001-2003
      Harley Davidson FLHPI Years:     2001-2003
      Harley Davidson FLHTCI Years:     2001-2003
      Harley Davidson FLHTCUI Years:     2001-2003
      Harley Davidson FLHTPI Years:     2001-2003
      Harley Davidson FLTRSEI-2 Year:       2001
    Number Potentially Involved:  73,678
    Defect:  On certain FL touring and police motorcycles, the 40-amp main circuit breaker can "open" for reasons other than which it was designed, causing an unexpected interruption of all electrical power to the motorcycle. This condition could cause the motorcycle to stall, which could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the circuit breaker. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-342-4680.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V134]

    Hyundai Motor Company
    Models:     Hyundai Santa Fe                   Years:      2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  17,401
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2002 – February 2004
    Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter V-6 engines, 4-wheel drive and antilock braking systems (ABS), if the brake pedal is depressed at speeds between 3 and 12 mph when the brake pad friction surfaces are wet, a vibration may occur between the brake discs and pads causing ABS sensor electronic signal noise to develop. At speeds below 5 mph, the ABS sensor signal noise may cause the ABS electronic control unit (ECU) to activate the ABS, extending the stopping distance. If an extended stopping distance occurs, it could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will reprogram the ABS ECU. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V131/Hyundai Recall No. 065]

    Jaguar Cars Ltd
    Models:     Jaguar XJ                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  1,142
    Dates of Manufacture:  November 2003 – January 2004
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the passenger air bag trim may have sharp edges. Should the air bag deploy, it could be cut, causing it to not inflate properly, which increases the risk of injury to the occupant in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the passenger air bag aperture and, where necessary, remove any sharp, serrated edges. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April or May 2004. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V136/Jaguar Recall No. R719]

    Maserati North America, Inc.

    Models:   Maserati Coupe Years:     2002-2004
      Maserati Spyder Years:     2002-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  2,024
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, two of the four securing bolts in the steering assembly may not have had a locking compound applied to the threads prior to installation. As a result, the bolts may become loose, which could lead to a reduction in vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the two affected bolts. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2651.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V140/Maserati Recall No. 106]

    Mitsubishi Motors North America
    Models:     Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution                   Year:      2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  7,278
    Noncompliance:  On certain passenger vehicles sold in the United States and Puerto Rico, the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) as stated on the certification label are in error.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the label. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V138]

    Nissan North America, Inc.
    Models:     Nissan Quest                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  13,757
    Dates of Manufacture:  March – September 2003
    Noncompliance:  Certain minivans fail to comply with the advanced air bag requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." For the front passenger seating position, the automatic suppression feature option was chosen. The front passenger seat is equipped with a seat cushion bladder and sensors that are used for occupant detection under the standard. When a six-year-old child dummy was placed in the required positions, the air bag was not suppressed.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the front passenger seat cushion/sensor assembly. If the seat cushion/sensor is found to be operating improperly,c the seat will be removed and recalibrated. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V103]

    Subaru of America, Inc.

    Models:   Subaru Impreza Years:     2002-2004
      Subaru Legacy Years:     2001-2004
      Subaru Outback Years:     2001-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  127,580
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2000 – February 2004
    Defect:  On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles, the cruise control cable could come out of its track on the cruise control lever and lodge on the control lever tab when the accelerator pedal is released. If this condition occurs, the throttle will not return to the idle position and will remain in an open position. If this occurs during vehicle operation, the driver could lose control of the vehicle, which could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install a cruise control cable retaining clip to the cruise control lever tab on the throttle shaft in order to prevent the cruise control cable from coming out of its track.
    The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V128/Subaru Recall No. WWQ-01]

    Volkswagen of America, Inc.

    Models:   Audi A6 Years:     1998-2004
      Audi S6 Years:     1998-2004
      Audi Allroad Quattro Years:     1998-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  172,866
    Dates of Manufacture:  August 1997 – February 2004
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, if a driver’s knees push against the knee bolster located under the dashboard, it can contact the headlight switch wiring harness and an electrical short could occur. This could result in a fire originating in the left dashboard area.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install a protective covering on the knee bolster (crash element). In addition, the wiring harness as well as the felt protector on the left side of the dashboard carrier will be checked, and replaced if necessary. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-822-2834.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V133]


    MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES AND MOTOR HOMES


    Blue Bird Body Company

    Models:   Blue Bird Wanderlodge Years:     2003-2004
      Blue Bird Express 3500 Years:     2003-2004
      Blue Bird Express 4000 Years:     2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  98
    Defect:   On certain motor homes and transit buses, the clamp bolts and drag link were incorrectly tightened. The clamps could loosen, causing misalignment of the steering axles, which could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the clamp bolts and tighten to the required torque. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on April 7, 2004. Owners may contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V153/Blue Bird Recall No. R04HR]

    Coachmen RV Company, LLC
    Models:     Coachmen Freelander                   Years:      2004-2005
    Number Potentially Involved:  122
    Dates of Manufacture:  October 2003 – February 2004
    Defect:   On certain Class C mini-motor homes, the wiring harness routed between the back of the refrigerator and the refrigerator cabinet could come in direct contact with the refrigerator burner tube and cooling unit. If contact occurs, the wire insulation material may melt, which could lead to a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will relocate the wiring harness. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Coachmen at 1-800-453-6064.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V119]

    General Motors Corporation

    Models:   Chevrolet Kodiak Year:     2004
      GMC Topkick Year:     2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  2,037
    Dates of Manufacture:  January – February 2004
    Defect:   On certain medium-duty trucks, the switch retainer holding the brake booster push rod and the brake pedal together could be missing. This could cause the push rod and pedal to separate, resulting in a loss of brakes and increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect and install a new retainer if missing. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 5, 2004. Owners may contact GMICT (General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck LLC) at 1-800-862-4389.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V123/GM Recall No. 04010]

    International Truck & Engine Corporation

    Models:   International 7300 Years:     2001-2004
      International 7400 Years:     2001-2004
      International 7500 Years:     2001-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  2,021
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2001 – March 2004
    Defect:   On certain trucks equipped with DT466 or DT530 1308 style engines and either 4x4 or 6x6 capability, the universal joint between the front drive shaft and drive axle could come in contact with the engine oil filter. This could cause complete engine oil loss that could result in the engine shutting down, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install a shorter oil filter and adapter. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin on April 29, 2004. Owners may contact International at 1-800-448-7825.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V144/International Recall No. 04504]

    Winnebago Industries, Inc./Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Models:     Winnebago Rialta                   Years:      1998-2000
    Number Potentially Involved:  2,563
    Dates of Manufacture:  March 1998 – June 2001
    Defect:   On certain motor homes built on a Volkswagen Eurovan chassis, the engine cooling fans could fracture and break apart. If the fan fractures or breaks, this could increase the risk of personal injury or damage to the vehicle.
    Remedy:  Volkswagen dealers will replace the engine cooling fans. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 or Winnebago at 1-641-585-6939.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V107/Volkswagen Recall No. WB]

    Winnebago Industries, Inc.

    Models:   Winnebago Journey Years:     2000-2004
      Itasca Horizon Years:     2000-2004
      Itasca Meridian Years:     2000-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  5,143
    Dates of Manufacture:  April 1999 – September 2003
    Defect:   On certain motor homes, the liquid propane (LP) tank can crack where the mounting brackets are welded to the tank. This could lead to an LP leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will re-install a cradle-style carrier and, if necessary, replace the LP tank. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during April 2004. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-6939.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V114/Winnebago Recall No. 90]

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