Latest Recalls From NHTSA - Includes Mercedes M-Class

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Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     VAN HOOL / C2045     2000-2001
Manufacturer : VAN HOOL, N.V.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V210000 Recall Date : MAY 09, 2005
Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 150
Summary:
 CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 217, "BUS EMERGENCY EXITS AND WINDOW RETENTION AND RELEASE." A MISMATCHING OF THE EMERGENCY WINDOW LATCHING COMPONENTS. THE EMERGENCY WINDOW LATCHING SYSTEM MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH A CATCH THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE LATCHING SYSTEM.
Consequence:
 THE MISMATCH COULD MAKE THE WINDOW OPEN PREMATURELY OR INADVERTENTLY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE MISMATCHED EMERGENCY WINDOW LATCHING COMPONENTS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JUNE 9, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VAN HOOL AT 877-427-7278.
Notes:
 VAN HOOL RECALL NO. WG 902.036. 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 / ALL AMERICAN     2006
     BLUE BIRD / VISION     2006
Manufacturer : BLUE BIRD BODY COMPANY  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V211000 Recall Date : MAY 09, 2005
Component: SEATS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 8
Summary:
 CERTAIN MY 2006 BLUE BIRD ALL AMERICAN AND VISION SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN FEBRUARY 9 AND APRIL 15, 2005. SEAT SPACING IN FRONT OF THE SIDE EMERGENCY DOOR FLIP UP SEAT EXCEEDS THE MAXIMUM ALLOWED SPACING AS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 222, SCHOOL BUS PASSENGER SEATING AND CRASH PROTECTION.
Consequence:
Remedy:
 ALL THE AFFECTED BUSES HAVE BEEN REPAIRED BY THE BLUE BIRD'S DISTRIBUTORS, THEREFORE, IT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY FOR BLUE BIRD TO MAIL OUT OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTERS TO CUSTOMERS.
Notes:
 N/A
Make / Models :         Model/Build Years:    
     INTERNATIONAL / 5000     2004-2005
     INTERNATIONAL / 9000     2004-2005
Manufacturer : INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORPORATION  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V217000 Recall Date : MAY 10, 2005
Component: SUSPENSION
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 26
Summary:
 CERTAIN TRANSIT BUSES EQUIPPED WITH HOLLAND/NEWAY AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEMS, A TRANSVERSE BEAM CASTING MAY FRACTURE UNDER NORMAL LOADS. IF A CASTING BREAKS WHEN THE VEHICLE IS TRAVELING ON A ROADWAY THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR PIECES OF THE CASTING TO BECOME PROJECTILES AND THE SUSPENSION'S TRANSVERSE BEAM MAY DROP DOWN LOW ENOUGH TO CONTACT THE ROAD SURFACE.
Consequence:
 THIS WILL CAUSE SPARKS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY IGNITE AND CAUSE A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE TRANSVERSE BEAM ASSEMBLIES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JULY 15, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT INTERNATIONAL TRUCKS AT 1-800-448-7825.
Notes:
 INTERNATIONAL RECALL NO. 05512. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
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     ALFA / GOLD SEE YA     2002-2005
Manufacturer : ALFA LEISURE,INC.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V222000 Recall Date : MAY 11, 2005
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE:LPG WATER HEATER
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 320
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN CLASS A MOTOR HOMES EQUIPPED WITH VEHICLE SYSTEMS’ AQUA-HOT AND HYDRO-HOT WATER HEATERS, WHICH USE WEBASTO BURNER TUBES, THE BURNER TUBES DO NOT MEET SPECIFICATIONS AND COULD FAIL PREMATURELY.
Consequence:
 THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE OF THE EXHAUST TUBE EXITING FROM THE HEATER CAN INCREASE AND COULD POTENTIALLY IGNITE COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS IN OR AROUND THE VEHICLE.
Remedy:
 VEHICLE SYSTEMS IS CONDUCTING THE OWNER NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VEHICLE SYSTEMS AT 1-800-685-4298 OR ALFA LEISURE AT 1-800-373-3372.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
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     MERCEDES BENZ / M-CLASS     2006
Manufacturer : MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.  
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V224000 Recall Date : MAY 13, 2005
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 7191
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A HOSE CLAMP THAT SECURES THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLING HOSE TO THE POWER STEERING FLUID COOLER MAY NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT CLAMPING FORCE FOR THIS CONNECTION.
Consequence:
 A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID CAN DAMAGE THE POWER STEERING PUMP AND MAY RESULT IN DIMINISHED POWER ASSIST FOR STEERING WHICH COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING HOSE CLAMP. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MAY 23, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.
Notes:
 MERCEDES BENZ RECALL NO. 2005 050004. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.

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