NHTSA Publishes List of May 2004 Recalls

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in May 2004 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.

    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 at The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.




SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGNS
April 2004

    VEHICLES:

    CARS, VANS, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Models:    Honda CBR1000RR                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  8,189
    Dates of Manufacture:  December 2003 – April 2004
    Defect:  On certain motorcycles, some digital speedometers may experience a computer program error, causing the speedometer to indicate approximately 25 percent less than the actual vehicle speed. This condition can result in the vehicle being driven at an illegal or unsafe speed, which could increase the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install an updated speedometer and associated components. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 1, 2004. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V254/Honda Recall No. P32]

    Bayerische Motoren Werke
    Models:    BMW F650 CS                   Years:      2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  1,560
    Dates of Manufacture:  January 2002 – September 2003
    Defect:  On certain motorcycles, the plastic fuel pump flange could come into contact with acid or chemical compounds containing acidic elements, such as battery acid or certain cleaning products. The flange could become brittle, crack, and allow fuel to escape from the fuel tank. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install an acid-resistant cap over the fuel pump flange. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 10, 2004. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V236]

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation

    Models:   Dodge Dakota Years:     2002-2004
      Dodge Durango Years:     2002-2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  320,188
    Dates of Manufacture:  April 2002 – September 2003
    Defect:  On certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the front windshield wiper module motor may be susceptible to water intrusion that could cause internal corrosion and result in partial or complete loss of front windshield wiping capability.  Driver visibility could be reduced, which could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the front windshield wiper module. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V216/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. D22]

    DaimlerChrysler Corporation

    Models:   Dodge Ram 1500 Year:     2004
      Dodge Ram 2500 Year:     2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  6,183
    Dates of Manufacture:  January – February 2004
    Noncompliance:  Certain pickup trucks fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, "Tire Selection and Rims for Vehicles other than Passenger Cars." The vehicle certification label lists incorrect tire, wheel, and recommended inflation pressure information.
    Remedy:  Owners will be provided with vehicle certification label overlays containing corrected information relative to vehicle tire and rim size, and recommended inflation pressure. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 5, 2004. Owners may contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V221/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. D24]

    Ford Motor Company

    Models:   Ford F250 Year:     2004
      Ford F350 Year:     2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  4,858
    Dates of Manufacture:  January – May 2004
    Noncompliance:  Certain pickup trucks fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, "Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles other than Passenger Cars."  Some trucks were inadvertently equipped with an incorrect load range tire. This would result in incorrect tire load ratings. Also, the tire may be inflated above the maximum appropriate inflation pressure.   If a tire were operated in an over-loaded or over-inflated condition, the tire may fail, resulting in a rapid air loss, which can cause a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace any incorrect load range tires. Additionally, if any tire is replaced, Ford recommends that the wheel lug nut torque be checked within 500 miles after any tire replacement. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 21, 2004. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V229/Ford Recall No. 04C07]

    Ford Motor Company

    Models:   Ford F250 Years:     2002-2003
      Ford F350 Year:       2002
    Number Potentially Involved:  28,443
    Dates of Manufacture:  May 2001 – September 2003
    Noncompliance:  Certain vans and station wagons equipped with LT225/75R16E tires fail to conform to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification." The rear axle rating is incorrectly listed on the label for certain vans/wagons built with LT225/75R16E tires. In addition, the tire pressure is incorrectly listed on the label for the rear tires on certain wagons and for the front tires on certain vans built with these tires.
    Remedy:  Owners will be provided with supplementary tire labels containing correct information and installation instructions. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 26, 2004. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V232/Ford Recall No. 04L20]

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

    Models:   Harley Davidson FLHPI, FLHPEI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FLHR, FLHRCI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCI Year:     2003
      arley Davidson FLHTI, FLHTPI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FLTR, FLTRI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FXD, FXDI, FXDL, FXDLI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FXDP, FXDWG, FXDWGI Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson FXDX, FXDXI, FXDXT Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson XL1200, XL1200C Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson XL1200R, XL1200S Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson XL883, XL883C, XL883R Year:     2003
      Harley Davidson XL883 HUGGER Year:     2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  35,855
    Dates of Manufacture:  June – August 2003 
    Defect:  On certain Dyna, XL, and Touring model motorcycles, the tail light bulb can fall out of the socket, rendering the tail light and the brake light inoperative, which could lead to a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the bulbs.The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 28, 2004. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-414-342-4680.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V218]

    Hyundai Motor Company
    Models:    Hyundai Elantra                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  44,530
    Dates of Manufacture:  September 2003 – April 2004 
    Defect:  During an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offset frontal barrier impact test, fuel spillage occurred as a result of fuel tank damage caused by contact between a vapor tube hose clamp ear and the fuel tank. The vapor tube hose clamp ear was found to be mispositioned and facing toward the fuel tank. In the event of a crash, the mispositioned clamp could puncture the fuel tank, causing fuel leakage. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the position of the vapor tube hose clamp and correctly position the clamp, if necessary. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 24, 2004. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V208/Hyundai Recall No. 067]

    Land Rover
    Models:    Land Rover Freelander                   Year:      2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  3,194
    Dates of Manufacture:  July– September 2002
    Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles, the child door lock on the left hand rear door can become disengaged. If the door were opened from the inside while the vehicle was in motion, an occupant could fall out and be injured.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the left hand rear latch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Land Rover at 1-866-352-4827.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V207/Land Rover Recall No. B163]

    Mazda North American Operations
    Models:    Mazda MPV                   Years:      2001-2002
    Number Potentially Involved:  10,200
    Dates of Manufacture:  April  – November 2001
    Defect:  On certain minivans equipped with cruise control and on certain minivans that have had the cruise control repaired and possibly had a defective cable installed during that repair.  The cruise control actuator cable may break due to insufficient strength. A broken actuator cable could interfere with the operation of the accelerator cable, preventing a decrease in engine speed while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
    Remedy:   Dealers will replace the actuator cable. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V234/Mazda Recall No. 2004F]

    Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

    Models:   Mercedes Benz CL Class Years:     2000-2001
      Mercedes Benz S Class Years:     2000-2001
    Number Potentially Involved:  54,454
    Dates of Manufacture:  May 1998 – October 2000
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the size of the electric conductor of the blower motor fuse holder may be below appropriate tolerances. Consequently, the electric conductor of the holder may dissipate more heat than the plastic fuse holder was designed to withstand, which could result in partial melting of the blower motor fuse holder and disabling of the blower motor.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install new blower motor fuse holders. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V227]

    Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

    Models:   Mercedes Benz CL Class Years:     2001-2003
      Mercedes Benz S Class Years:     2001-2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  6,238
    Dates of Manufacture:  December 1999 – March 2004
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, corrosion may occur in the inner steel portions of the Active Body Control’s (ABC) high-pressure distribution hose due to extensive exposure to heat and humidity. Over time, corrosion may deteriorate the inner steel portions of the hose.   This may result in ABC hydraulic fluid leakage.
    Remedy:  Dealers will install new, corrosion resistant ABC high-pressure distribution hoses. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V228]

    Nissan North America, Inc.

    Models:   Nissan Frontier Years:     1999-2003
      Nissan Xterra Years:     1999-2003
    Number Potentially Involved:  586,196
    Dates of Manufacture:  June 1998 – March 2003
    Defect:  On certain pickup trucks equipped with six cylinder engines, and sport utility vehicles equipped with four or six cylinder engines, the fuel pump terminal on the fuel-sending unit can develop a crack in the plastic molding. This can cause the terminal strip to corrode under some environmental conditions. If corrosion occurs, the terminal strip could eventually break causing the fuel pump to stop operation. This will result in not being able to start the engine or cause the engine to stop running without warning, which can result in a crash.
    Remedy:  In the following states, dealers will replace the fuel-sending unit. These states are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In the other states, the dealer will inspect the fuel pump terminal on the sending unit for corrosion. If corrosion is present, the dealer will replace the unit. If there is no corrosion, the dealer will apply sealant to the terminal housing to help prevent corrosion in the future.
    The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 28, 2004. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V230]

    Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

    Models:   Porsche Cayenne Year:       2004
      Porsche Cayenne S Years:     2003-2004
      Porsche Cayenne Turbo Years:     2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  19,175
    Dates of Manufacture:  Through December 2003
    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, the rear seat belt latch attachment bolt is insufficiently riveted. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if necessary, replace the latch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began the week of May 31, 2004. Owners may contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V231]

    Saab Cars USA, Inc.
    Models:    Saab 9-3                   Years:      2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  31,335
    Dates of Manufacture:  July 2002 – September 2003
    Defect:  Some of these passenger vehicles were built with seat belt retractors for the front seats that were damaged during the manufacturing process. If damaged, over time, the Automatic Tensioning System (ATS) cable in the seat belt retractor could break, causing the belt webbing to not retract. In the event of a crash, a front seat occupant may receive more severe injuries.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the seat belt retractor assemblies. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Saab at 1-800-955-9007.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V226/GM Recall No. 04040]

    Volkswagen of America, Inc.
    Models:    Volkswagen Touareg                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  24,269
    Dates of Manufacture:  April – December 2003
    Defect:  On certain sport utility vehicles, the rear seat belt latch attachment bolt may have been insufficiently riveted.  In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury.
    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if necessary, replace the latch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 21, 2004. Owners may contact VW at 1-800-822-8987.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V233/VW Recall No. VN]


    MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES AND MOTOR HOMES


    Blue Bird Corporation
    Models:    Blue Bird All American                   Year:      2005
    Number Potentially Involved:  297
    Dates of Manufacture:  January – April 2004
    Noncompliance:   On certain school buses, the inside panels adjacent to the rear center emergency door (or rear center emergency window on rear engine models) do not conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 221, "School Bus Body Joint Strength." Adhesive was inadvertently omitted from these joints.
    Remedy:  Dealers will remove the inside rear panels and properly adhere the panels. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 9, 2004. Owners may contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V213/Blue Bird Recall No. R04HS]

    Blue Bird Corporation
    Models:    Blue Bird All American                   Years:      2004-2005
    Number Potentially Involved:  291
    Dates of Manufacture:  March – April 2004
    Defect:   Certain school and transit buses were equipped with driver’s 3-point seat belts with incorrect fasteners. In the event of a crash, the fasteners can pull out. The seat occupant would not be properly restrained, which could result in serious injuries or death.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the driver’s 3-point seat belt upper attaching fasteners. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 8, 2004. Owners may contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V222/Blue Bird Recall No. R04HT]

    Freightliner Corporation

    Models:   Freightliner Business Class M2 Years:     2002-2004
      Freightliner Century Years:     2003-2004
      Freightliner Columbia Years:     2003-2004
      Sterling HX Years:     2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  14,000
    Dates of Manufacture:  Beginning May 2002 
    Defect:   On certain trucks equipped with manual transmissions, the tapered joint that attaches the shifter to the transmission may become loose, making if difficult to put the transmission into gear.
    Remedy:  Dealers will re-secure the shift lever to the transmission. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on May 21, 2004. Owners may contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V205/Freightliner Recall No. FL-420]

    Freightliner Corporation
    Models:    Freightliner Business Class M2                   Year:      2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  1,700
    Dates of Manufacture:  October 2003 – February 2004 
    Defect:   On certain trucks, incorrect springs were installed in the exhaust port of the air management unit (AMU) solenoid valves, and they may not turn off after actuation. Depending on the function affected, this could result in rear suspension air pressure loss, malfunction of the engine brake, permanent engagement of the rear axle differential lock, or prevent engagement of the fifth wheel slide lock. If the warning indicators in the dash are not heeded, a crash could occur.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the affected valves. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V220/Freightliner Recall No. FL-423]

    IC Corporation

    Models:   AmTran RE Years:     2001-2004
      IC RE Years:     2003-2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  4,157
    Dates of Manufacture:  July 2000 – April 2004 
    Noncompliance:   Certain school buses fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 217, "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release." The emergency exit instructions do not meet the minimal letter height of 1 centimeter. The label may not be visible, possibly resulting in injury if the vehicle occupants cannot exit the bus quickly in the event of an emergency.
    Remedy:  Owners will receive new labels with installation instructions. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on June 25, 2004. Owners may contact IC Corporation at 1-501-505-2190.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V251/IC Recall No. 04302]

    International Truck & Engine Corporation

    Models:   International 1652SC Years:     2003-2004
      International 3800 Years:     2003-2004
      International 4700SFC Years:     2003-2004
      International CE Years:     2003-2004
      International RE Years:     2003-2004
      International RE Bus Years:     2003-2004
      International CE Bus Year:       2004
    Number Potentially Involved:  5,999
    Dates of Manufacture:  February 2003 – January 2004
    Defect:   On certain school and transit buses, the studs used to secure the power steering pump to the engine block can fail, resulting in engine oil leakage and complete loss of power steering. Sudden loss of power steering could cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle, which could result in a crash.
    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the pump studs. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during July 2004. Owners may contact International at 1-800-448-7825.
    [NHTSA Recall No. 04V250/International Recall No. 04509]

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