GM Recall: Hummers, Cadillacs, Buicks, Chevrolets

DETROIT February 10, 2005; Reuters reported that General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 193,000 vehicles on the U.S. market to fix a variety of safety defects, federal safety regulators said Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recalls included one covering 155,465 pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans that may suffer hydraulic fluid leaks, causing increased steering and braking effort and potential crashes.

Models affected, all from the 2004-2005 model years, include the Avalanche, Express, Kodiak, Silverado and Suburban from GM's Chevrolet division. GMC's Savana, Sierra, Topkick, Yukon XL and the Hummer H2 were also affected, NHTSA said.

Separately, the agency said 19.924 Cadillac SRX and Cadillac XLRs, along with Pontiac Grand Prix models from the 2004 model year, were being recalled because of potential problems with their accelerator pedals.

Lastly, NHTSA said GM was recalling 17,815 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender SUVs from the 2005 model year because their windshields may not have been mounted properly.

"If a crash occurs, the windshield may not be retained, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant," NHTSA said.

GM, the world's largest automaker, recalled more than 10 million vehicles in 2004, in a year that saw a record number of recalls across the industry.

NHTSA Recalls

Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE     2004-2005
     CHEVROLET / EXPRESS     2004-2005
     CHEVROLET / KODIAK     2004-2005
     CHEVROLET / SILVERADO     2004-2005
     CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN     2004-2005
     GMC / SAVANA     2004-2005
     GMC / SIERRA     2004-2005
     GMC / TOPKICK     2004-2005
     GMC / YUKON XL     2004-2005
     HUMMER / H2     2004-2005
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V043000 Recall Date : FEB 04, 2005
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 155465
Summary:
 CERTAIN TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND VANS EQUIPPED WITH BOSCH HYDRO-BOOST BRAKE ASSEMBLIES, THE HYDRAULIC BRAKE BOOSTER PRESSURE ACCUMULATOR MAY CRACK AND SEPARATE FROM THE HYDRO-BOOST ASSEMBLY DURING NORMAL OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Consequence:
 IF A SEPARATION OCCURRED AND THE HOOD OF THE VEHICLE WERE OPEN, FRAGMENTS FROM THE ACCUMULATOR COULD CAUSE INJURY TO PEOPLE IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA. THE PRESENCE OF THIS CRACK OR FRACTURED SURFACE COULD ALLOW THE HYDRAULIC FLUID TO LEAK FROM THE ACCUMULATOR CIRCUIT OF THE BOOSTER ASSEMBLY. THE LOSS OF FLUID WOULD CAUSE INCREASED STEERING AND BRAKING EFFORT AND A CRASH MAY OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL TEST THE HYDRO-BOOST ASSEMBLY FOR FUNCTIONAL OPERATION OF THE TWO-FUNCTION VALVE. IF THE HYDRO-BOOST ASSEMBLY FAILS THE TEST, DEALERS ARE TO REPLACE THE ASSEMBLY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC TRUCKS AT 1-866-996-9463 AND HUMMER AT 1-800-732-5493.
Notes:
 GM RECALL NO. 05006. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     NEW FLYER / C35LF     1998-1999
     NEW FLYER / C40LF     1998-1999
     NEW FLYER / D60HF     1998-1999
     NEW FLYER / D60LF     1998-1999
Manufacturer : NEW FLYER INDUSTRIES LTD  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V045000 Recall Date : FEB 04, 2005
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO-CHARGER
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 805
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES MANUFACTURED WITH DETROIT DIESEL SERIES 50 ENGINES, THE TURBOCHARGER COMPRESSOR WHEEL CAN BREAK, RESULTING IN SHAFT IMBALANCE AND LUBRICATING OIL PASSES INTO THE EXHAUST SYSTEM.
Consequence:
 THIS CAN RESULT IN AN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURIES.
Remedy:
 DETROIT DIESEL IS CONDUCTING THE OWNER NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN EXHAUST TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND REPROGRAM THE EMC CALIBRATION. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DETROIT DIESEL AT 313-592-3708 OR NEW FLYER AT 204-982-8400.
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:    
     CADILLAC / SRX     2004
     CADILLAC / XLR     2004
     PONTIAC / GRAND PRIX     2004
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V046000 Recall Date : FEB 04, 2005
Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 19924
Summary:
 CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 124, 'ACCELERATOR CONTROL SYSTEMS.' IF ONE OF THE TWO ACCELERATOR PEDAL RETURN SPRINGS FAILS AND THE TEMPERATURE IS -22 DEGREES F TO -40 DEGREES F, THE ENGINE MAY NOT RETURN TO IDLE WITHIN THREE SECONDS, AS REQUIRED.
Consequence:
 IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, GREATER BRAKE PEDAL FORCE AND A LONGER DISTANCE MAY BE REQUIRED TO STOP THE VEHICLE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL ASSEMBLY. THIS RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
Notes:
 GM RECALL NO. 05018. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.

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