Latest NHTSA Recalls Include Saturn and Mitsubishi

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Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
INTERNATIONAL / 3200 2006
INTERNATIONAL / 4000 2006
INTERNATIONAL / 7000 2006
INTERNATIONAL / 8000 2006
Manufacturer : INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORPORATION
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V241000 Recall Date : MAY 25, 2005
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:CONTROLS:FOOT CONTROL
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 3288
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN CHASSIS, TRUCKS, AND TRACTORS EQUIPPED WITH AIR BRAKES, THE PUSH ROD THAT CONNECTS THE BRAKE PEDAL TO THE BRAKE VALVE WAS MANUFACTURED INCORRECTLY AND COULD BREAK UNDER CERTAIN LOADING CONDITIONS.
Consequence:
 IF THIS PUSH ROD BREAKS WHILE A VEHICLE IS IN OPERATION, A PARTIAL LOSS OF SERVICE BRAKING MAY BE EXPERIENCED. THIS COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PUSH RODS. THE OWNER NOTIFICATION WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 3, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT INTERNATIONAL AT 1-800-448-7825.
Notes:
 INTERNATIONAL RECALL NO. 05513. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
SATURN / L-SERIES SEDAN 2000-2002
SATURN / L-SERIES WAGON 2000-2004
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V245000 Recall Date : MAY 31, 2005
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 291652
Summary:
 ON CERTAIN SEDANS AND WAGONS, THE PLASTIC HOUSING IN THE REAR TAIL LAMP ASSEMBLY CAN BECOME DISTORTED IF THE BRAKE LAMPS REMAIN ON FOR AN EXTENDED TIME.
Consequence:
 THIS CAN CAUSE (1) AN INTERMITTENTLY INOPERATIVE BRAKE/TAIL LAMP BULB OR (2) A SHORT CIRCUIT THAT OPENS A FUSE CAUSING INOPERATIVE BRAKE LAMPS (INCLUDING THE CENTER HIGH-MOUNTED STOP LAMP) OR TAIL LAMPS. A FOLLOWING DRIVER MAY NOT KNOW WHEN THE BRAKES HAVE BEEN APPLIED, AND A REAR-END CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REINFORCING SOCKET ADAPTER (AND CORRESPONDING NEW SOCKET) TO THE BACK OF THE EXISTING LAMP ASSEMBLY. IF NECESSARY, THE REINFORCING SOCKET ADAPTER WILL BE INSTALLED INTO A NEW LAMP ASSEMBLY AND THEN INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876.
Notes:
 GM RECALL NO. 05052. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
MITSUBISHI / ECLIPSE 2006
Manufacturer : MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V247000 Recall Date : JUN 01, 2005
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1151
Summary:
 CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN FITTED WITH A DEFECTIVE BRAKE BOOSTER AND MASTER CYLINDER ASSEMBLY.
Consequence:
 THE BOOSTER BODY COULD SEPARATE DUE TO IMPROPER CRIMP JOINTS, RESULTING IN A TOTAL LOSS OF BRAKE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPAIR THE BRAKE BOOSTER/MASTER BRAKE ASSEMBLY. OWNERS WERE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE ON MAY 24, 2005, TO STOP DRIVING THEIR VEHICLES AND ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE FOR A LOANER VEHICLE. OWNERS CAN CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 1-800-222-0037.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236.
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