NHTSA Recalls: Honda; Ford; Dodge; Suzuki; Autocar; Jayco; Crane; HME

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2005 Recalls: January 27 - February 1


Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     FORD / EXPEDITION     2000
     FORD / F150     2000
     FORD / SUPERCREW     2001
     LINCOLN / NAVIGATOR     2000
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V017000 Recall Date : JAN 27, 2005
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CRUISE CONTROL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 738490
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND PICKUP TRUCKS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
Consequence:
 THIS CONDITION COULD LEAD TO A FIRE. FIRES HAVE OCCURRED WHILE THE VEHICLES WERE PARKED WITH THE IGNITION 'OFF.'
Remedy:
 AS AN INTERIM REPAIR, OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN THEIR VEHICLES TO THEIR DEALERS TO HAVE THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH DISCONNECTED. AS SOON AS REPLACEMENT PARTS ARE AVAILABLE (EARLY APRIL 2005), OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO RETURN TO THE DEALERS FOR INSTALLATION OF A NEW SWITCH. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Notes:
 FORD RECALL NO. 05S28. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     SUZUKI / FORENZA     2004
     SUZUKI / VERONA     2004
Manufacturer : AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORP.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V022000 Recall Date : JAN 28, 2005
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 37796
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH MAY BECOME MISADJUSTED IF AN UPWARD/REARWARD FORCE IS APPLIED TO THE BRAKE PEDAL. IF THIS SHOULD OCCUR, THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY, CAUSING THE BRAKE LIGHTS, INCLUDING THE HIGH MOUNTED STOP LAMP, TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT BRAKE PEDAL APPLICATION, WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH IN THE ON OR OFF POSITION.
Consequence:
 IF THE BRAKE LIGHTS REMAIN ON CONTINUOUSLY WHILE DRIVING,A FOLLOWING DRIVER MAY NOT KNOW WHEN YOUR BRAKES HAVE BEEN APPLIED, AND A REAR-END CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING. THIS CONDITION MAY ALSO DISCHARGE THE VEHICLE'S BATTERY, AND, THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION TORQUE CONVERTER CLUTCH, CRUISE CONTROL AND TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM, IF EQUIPPED, WILL BECOME DISABLED.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MARCH 1, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-800-934-0934.
Notes:
 SUZUKI RECALL NO. KF. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     JAYCO / GREYHAWK     2004
Manufacturer : JAYCO, INC.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V023000 Recall Date : JAN 28, 2005
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 32
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN MOTORHOMES, THE 120-VOLT SHORE POWER CORD WAS WIRED WITHOUT A CIRCUIT PROTECTION DEVICE.
Consequence:
 THIS COULD CAUSE A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REWIRE THE 120-VOLT SHORE POWER CORD AND INSTALL A CIRCUIT PROTECTION. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT JAYCO AT 574-825-5861.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     ACURA / TL     1999-2000
     HONDA / ACCORD     1999-2002
     HONDA / PRELUDE     1997-2001
Manufacturer : AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V025000 Recall Date : JAN 27, 2005
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 486659
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE INTERLOCK OPERATION OF THE IGNITION SWITCH MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO TURN THE IGNITION KEY TO THE "OFF" POSITION AND REMOVE THE KEY WITHOUT SHIFTING THE TRANSMISSION TO PARK.
Consequence:
 IF THE DRIVER DOES NOT SHIFT TO PARK BEFORE REMOVING THE KEY AND FAILS TO ENGAGE THE PARKING BRAKE, THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL PERFORM AN INSPECTION PROCEDURE THAT CONFIRMS INTERLOCK FUNCTION. VEHICLES WILL BE UPDATED WITH A REDESIGNED INTERLOCK LEVER. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.
Notes:
 HONDA RECALL NOS.P68, P69. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     HONDA / GL1800     2001-2004
     HONDA / GL1800A     2001-2004
Manufacturer : AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V027000 Recall Date : JAN 28, 2005
Component: STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 34919
Summary:
 ON SOME MOTORCYCLES, CERTAIN FRAME WELDS DO NOT MEET MANUFACTURING SPECIFICATIONS. HIGH LOADS CREATED WHEN RIDING ON ROUGH ROAD SURFACES OR THROUGH POTHOLES CAN CAUSE THE AFFECTED WELDS TO CRACK.
Consequence:
 THE WELDED AREA COULD BREAK, RESULTING IN REAR SUSPENSION COLLAPSE OR LOWER CROSS MEMBER SEPARATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REINFORCE THE WELDS ON 2001-2002 MOTORCYCLES. ON 2003-2004 MOTORCYCLES, THE UNITS WILL BE REPAIRED, NO INSPECTION WILL BE NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 15, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-866-784-1870.
Notes:
 HONDA RECALL NO. P66. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     FORD / FOCUS     2000-2002
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V030000 Recall Date : JAN 31, 2005
Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 358857
Summary:
 CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES WITH FOUR OR FIVE DOORS AND ORIGINALLY SOLD OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, A BUILD-UP OF CORROSION AT THE PAWL PIVOT AREA OF THE REAR DOOR LATCH CAN CAUSE A BINDING CONDITION OF THE PAWL THAT MAY AFFECT PROPER ENGAGEMENT OF THE PAWL INTO THE CATCH. THE OCCUPANT MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY OPENING OR CLOSING A REAR DOOR, AND EVENTUALLY THE REAR DOOR MAY NOT LATCH PROPERLY.
Consequence:
 IF NOT LATCHED PROPERLY, THE DOOR MAY OPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION. IF AN OCCUPANT FELL OUT OF THE VEHICLE, PERSONAL INJURIES COULD OCCUR.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL HAVE A LOWER ROCKER SEAL ADDED TO THE DOOR AND HAVE THE REAR DOOR LATCHES EVALUATED. A LATCH THAT PASSES THE EVALUATION WILL BE LUBRICATED TO PREVENT FUTURE CORROSION. A LATCH THAT DOES NOT PASS THE EVALUATION WILL BE REPLACED. IN ADDITION, A STICKER WILL BE AFFIXED TO THE REAR DOORS ADVISING THE OWNERS TO USE THE RECOMMENDED LUBRICANT. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MARCH 1, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Notes:
 FORD RECALL NO. 05S27. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     AUTOCAR / WX     2004
     AUTOCAR / WXLL     2004
Manufacturer : AUTOCAR, LLC  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V031000 Recall Date : JAN 31, 2005
Component: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 5
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY CLASS 8 TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH ARVINMERITOR URRESKO TIE ROD CLAMPS, HEAT TREATMENT OF CLAMPS CREATED A SURFACE HARDNESS THAT COULD LEAD TO A FRACTURE OF THE CLAMPS.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A CRACK THE CLAMPS COULD BREAK OFF AFFECTING TOE-IN AND ALIGNMENT. THE TIE ROD CAN COME LOOSE RESULTING IN STEERING LOSS AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy:
 ARVINMERITOR IS CONDUCTING THE OWNER NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT ARVINMERITOR AT 1-866-668-7221 OR AUTOCAR AT 765-489-5499.
Notes:
 AUTOCAR RECALL NO. A-0502. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     AUTOCAR / WX     2003-2004
     AUTOCAR / WXLL     2003-2004
     AUTOCAR / WXR     2003-2004
Manufacturer : AUTOCAR, LLC  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V032000 Recall Date : JAN 31, 2005
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK:ABS WARNING LIGHT
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 140
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY CLASS 8 TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH BENDIX AUTOMATIC BRAKE SYSTEMS (ABS), THE BRAKES MAY HAVE A SYSTEM FAULT THAT MAY NOT BE DETECTED BY THE ABS ELECTRONIC CONTROL UUNIT (ECU) AND THEREFORE WILL NOT GENERATE AN ABS WARNING LIGHT ON THE DASH OF THE TRUCK.
Consequence:
 THE ABS BRAKES MAY NOT PERFORM AS DESIGNED AND IN AN ABS ASSISTED STOP THE DRIVER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN STEERING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. WHEN VEHICLE CONTROL IS COMPROMISED THERE IS A CHANCE FOR A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT, RESET AND CHECK THE ECU FOR FAULT LIGHTS AND CHECK THE ABS BRAKES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT AUTOCAR AT 1-877-973-3486.
Notes:
 AUTOCAR RECALL NO. A-0502. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION?S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     HME / 1871 P2     2005
Manufacturer : HME INCORPORATED  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V033000 Recall Date : FEB 01, 2005
Component: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 13
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY CLASS 8 FIRE TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH ARVINMERITOR URRESKO TIE ROD CLAMPS, HEAT TREATMENT OF CLAMPS CREATED A SURFACE HARDNESS THAT COULD LEAD TO A FRACTURE OF THE CLAMPS.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A CRACK, THE CLAMPS COULD BREAK OFF AFFECTING TOE-IN AND ALIGNMENT. THE TIE ROD CAN COME LOOSE RESULTING IN STEERING LOSS AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy:
 ARVINMERITOR IS CONDUCTING THE OWNER NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT ARVINMERITOR AT 1-866-668-7221 OR HME INCORPORATED AT 616-534-1463.
Notes:
 ARVINMERITOR RECALL NO. C5AA. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     DODGE / DURANGO     2005
Manufacturer : DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V034000 Recall Date : FEB 01, 2005
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 26000
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE FUEL TANK FILLER TUBE INLET CHECK VALVE MAY NOT FULLY CLOSE AT THE END OF REFUELING. THIS COULD ALLOW SOME FUEL TO ESCAPE FROM THE VEHICLE FILLER NECK.
Consequence:
 FUEL LEAKAGE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE CAN RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE INLET CHECK VALVES AND REPLACE THE FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Notes:
 DAIMLERCHRYSLER RECALL NO. E01. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     BLUE BIRD / CONVENTIONAL     2003-2005
     BLUE BIRD / MICRO BIRD     2003-2005
Manufacturer : BLUE BIRD BODY COMPANY  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V036000 Recall Date : JAN 31, 2005
Component: TIRES:MARKINGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1300
Summary:
 CERTAIN MY 2003 THRU 2005 BLUE BIRD MICRO BIRD AND CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL BUSES. THESE BUSES DO NOT HAVE THE TIRE LOAD RANGE ON BOTH THE TIRE INFORMATION LABEL AND CERTIFICATION DECAL AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 120, TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS.
Consequence:
Remedy:
 BLUE BIRD WILL MAIL FINAL STAGE MANUFACTURER CERTIFICATION DECALS WITH THE TIRE LOAD RATING INDICATED TO ITS CUSTOMERS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2005. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BLUE BIRD AT 478-822-2242.
Notes:
 ALSO, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     CRANE / IR     2002-2005
     CRANE / WS     2004-2005
Manufacturer : CRANE CARRIER COMPANY  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V037000 Recall Date : FEB 01, 2005
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 42
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN DRILL RIGS AND WELL SERVICE RIGS EQUIPPED WITH BENDIX ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS), THE AIR BRAKE VALVING INSTALLED ON THE DRIVE AXLES OF CERTAIN TRI-DRIVE AXLE IS INADEQUATE AND IT DOES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT AIR VALVE CONFIGURATION FOR THE RAPID RELEASE AND REAPPLICATION OF AIR NECESSARY FOR THE ABS TO FUNCTION.
Consequence:
 REDUCED BRAKING PERFORMANCE COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSTALL TWO RELAY AIR VALVES SO THAT THE VALVES WILL FACILITATE THE RAPID EXHAUST OF AIR REQUIRED FOR THE ABS SYSTEM TO FUNCTION OPTIMALLY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY MARCH 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CRANE CARRIER AT 918-832-7305.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.

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