NHTSA Publishes List of December Recalls

6 February 1998

NHTSA Publishes List of December Recalls

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced
in December and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly.
    The 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, 70 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 (800) 424-9393, or (202) 366-0123 in the Washington, D.C.,
area.  The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.

    SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGNS
    DECEMBER 1997

    VEHICLES:

    CARS, VANS, LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES

    BMW of North America, Incorporated
    Models:        BMW R850R        Years:   1996-1997
                   BMW R1100R       Years:   1995-1997
    Number Involved:    2,000
    Dates of Manufacture:    October 1994 - August 1996
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V237
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  A sheet metal plate mounted to the front of the
    frame below the instrument cluster can cause the wiring harness to be
    stretched too tight as the handlebar is turned fully to one side.  Also,
    the wiring harness was attached to another harness with a cable tie that
    is placed too far forward, limiting the amount of free movement of the
    handlebar.
    Consequence of Defect:  The harness wires can be damaged, break, or pull
    out of the ignition switch.  If the harness wires were damaged, but not
    broken or disconnected, the electrical system could be affected while the
    motorcycle was being ridden.  Operation of the engine would be affected
    and intermittent conditions such as hesitation, misfiring, or "cutting
    out" could occur.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will relocate the cable tie further back so
    that the ignition switch wiring harness has sufficient freedom of
    movement.  If the wiring harness is found to be damaged, the ignition
    switch (with harness) will be replaced.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification is expected to begin by the end of
    February 1998.
    Note:  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 BMW at 1-800-831-1117, Option #5.

    Chrysler Corporation
    Models:        Dodge Caravan                 Year:   1998
                   Dodge Grand Caravan           Year:   1998
                   Plymouth Voyager              Year:   1998
                   Plymouth Grand Voyager        Year:   1998
                   Chrysler Town & Country       Year:   1998
    Number Involved:    25,900
    Dates of Manufacture:    November 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V231    Chrysler Campaign No. 762
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger minivans equipped with integrated child
    seats.
    Description of Defect:  The shoulder harness restraint webbing was
    incorrectly routed around the metal reinforcement bar on these seats.
    Consequence of Defect:  The shoulder harness can fail to properly restrain
    the child seat occupant in the event of a crash.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will inspect the routing of the shoulder belt
    webbing and any found incorrect will be properly rerouted.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification was expected to begin during
    January 1998.
    Note:  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 Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

    Ducati North America, Inc.
    Model:      Ducati 916        Years:  1994-1995
    Number Involved:    1,316
    Dates of Manufacture:    Not yet available
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V221
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  The throttle control linkage pin was not
    lubricated properly.
    Consequence of Defect:  The engine throttle can bind and not return to
    proper idle.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will lubricate the throttle control linkage
    pin using grease containing molybdenum disulphide.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification schedule has not yet been
    provided.
    Note:  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 Ducati at 1-973-839-2600.

    Ducati North America, Inc.
    Models:        Ducati 900SL          Year:   1993
                   Ducati 900SSSP        Years:  1994-1997
    Number Involved:    2,380
    Dates of Manufacture:    Not yet available
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V222
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  The rear brake reaction rod nut and bolt can fail.
    Consequence of Defect:  This condition can cause increased braking effort.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will replace the rear brake reaction rod nut
    and bolt with a new modified nut and bolt.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification schedule has not yet been
    provided.
    Note:  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 Ducati at 1-973-839-2600.

    Ducati North America, Inc.
    Models:        Ducati 916        Years:  1994-1995
    Number Involved:    649
    Dates of Manufacture:    Not yet available
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V224
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  The rear wheel spindle can fail and the roller
    bearing and seals of the hub are not properly lubricated.
    Consequence of Defect:  This can result an increased braking effort.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will replace the rear wheel spindle and
    lubricate the roller bearing and seals of the hub.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification schedule has not yet been
    provided.
    Note:  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 Ducati at 1-973-839-2600.

    Ford Motor Company
    Models:    Ford Contour        Years:   1995-1996
               Mercury Mystique    Years:   1995-1996
    Number Involved:    38,000
    Dates of Manufacture:    April 1994 - August 1996
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V225    Ford Campaign No. 97S95
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger vehicles equipped with the traction
    control option.
    Description of Defect:  The throttle cables were damaged during vehicle
    assembly, leading to fraying or separation of the throttle cable.
    Consequence of Defect:  This condition could prevent the engine from
    returning to idle.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will replace the throttle cable with a revised
    design that is less susceptible to bending or kinking during installation.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began Jan. 13, 1998.
    Note:  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 Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    Ford Motor Company
    Model:        Ford Explorer        Years: 1991-1993
    Number Involved:    185,000
    Dates of Manufacture:    January 1990 - January 1993
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V235    Ford Campaign No. 97L15
    Vehicle Description:  Multi-purpose passenger vehicles equipped with
    factory installed sunroof.
    Description of Defect:  The sunroof glass panel assembly can separate
    while the vehicle is moving due to incorrect hinge engagement.  This is
    caused by improper installation of the sunroof glass panel.
    Consequence of Defect:  Unexpected separation of the sunroof glass panel
    could distract the driver, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash or loss
    of vehicle control, or could impact a following vehicle.
    Corrective Action:  Owners will be provided an instruction booklet which
    thoroughly outlines, with illustrations, the proper procedures for the
    removal, storage, and installation of the sunroof's glass panel.  A
    warning label for attachment to the sunroof's latch knob will also be
    provided to owners.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began Jan. 16, 1998.
    Note:  Owners who do not receive the free instruction booklet and warning
    label within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    General Motors Corporation
    Models:        Cadillac Deville        Year:   1998
    Number Involved:    14,423
    Dates of Manufacture:    September - November 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V232    GM Campaign No.  97070
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger vehicles.
    Description of Noncompliance:  These vehicles were built with hood hinge
    pivot bolts that can break because of an improper heat treat condition.  A
    broken bolt can cause either the corner of the hood near the windshield to
    rise, or one side of the hood to be unstable when opened.  This does not
    comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
    (FMVSS) No. 219, "Windshield Zone Intrusion."
    Consequence of Noncompliance:  In the event of a vehicle crash, the hood
    could be pushed back through the windshield glass, possibly injuring the
    vehicle occupants.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will replace the hood hinge pivot bolts.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began during January 1998.
    Note:  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 Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006.

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    Models:        Harley-Davidson FL             Year:  1998
                   Harley-Davidson Softail        Year:  1998
    Number Involved:    2,012
    Dates of Manufacture:    November 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V227    Harley-Davidson Campaign No. 090
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  The rear brake pedal assembly may have an
    inadequate weld.
    Consequence of Defect:  This condition can allow the lever hub to separate
    from the master cylinder lever, causing rear brake failure.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will perform the recall service on these
    motorcycles.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification is expected to begin during
    January 1998.
    Note:  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 Harley-Davidson at 1-8414-342-4680.

    Kawasaki Motors Corporation
    Models:        Kawasaki VN1500        Year:   1997
                   Kawasaki Vulcan        Year:   1997
    Number Involved:    544
    Dates of Manufacture:    January - February 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V233
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  An improperly manufactured transmission gear can
    cause weakening and eventual breakage of an adjacent gear.
    Consequence of Defect:  Gear breakage can result in transmission lockup,
    causing the operator to lose control of the motorcycle.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will inspect these motorcycles and repair
    affected units.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began during late December 1997.
    Note:  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 Kawasaki at 1-714-770-0400.

    Kia Motors America, Incorporated
    Models:        Kia Sportage        Years:    1996-1997
    Number Involved:    23,493
    Dates of Manufacture:    July 1996 - August 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V234
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger vehicles.
    Description of Defect:  A microswitch on the rear hatch lock cylinder can
    malfunction, causing the power door locks to unlock inadvertently.
    Consequence of Defect:  Should this occur, security from unwanted
    intrusion into the vehicle is lost.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will modify the rear hatch door unlock
    circuit.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began Dec. 15, 1997.
    Note:  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 Kia at 1-800-333-4KIA (800-333-4542).
    Mazda (North America), Inc.
    Models:        Mazda 626        Year:  1998
    Number Involved:    20,000
    Dates of Manufacture:    August - December 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V228    Mazda Campaign No. 73801
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger vehicles.
    Description of Defect:  Due to a programming error, the powertrain control
    module (PCM) installed can, under certain driving conditions, trigger a
    shift in air-fuel ratio to an overlean condition.
    Consequence of Defect:  This condition can result in an engine stall,
    which could lead to loss of vehicle control and a vehicle crash.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will reprogram the PCM with the correct engine
    control logic.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification was expected to begin during
    January 1998.
    Note:  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 Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

    Renault USA, Incorporated
    Models:        Renault Medallion      Years:   1988-1989
                   Eagle Medallion        Years:   1988-1989
    Number Involved:    32,000
    Dates of Manufacture:    January 1987 - July 1988
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V226    Chrysler Campaign No. 745
    Vehicle Description:  Passenger vehicles.
    Description of Defect:  The heater core end cap can fail due to material
    strength deterioration occurring over time from exposure to high
    temperature engine coolant.
    Consequence of Defect:  Failure will allow the discharge of stream from
    the coolant into the passenger compartment, causing reduced driver
    visibility.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will install a coolant temperature controlled
    heater core fluid bypass valve.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification schedule has not yet been
    provided.
    Note:  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 Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

    Yamaha International Corporation
    Models:        Yamaha XVZ13LTJ                  Year:   1997
                   Yamaha LTJC                      Year:   1997
                   Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe    Year:   1997
    Number Involved:    1,027
    Dates of Manufacture:    Not yet available
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V230
    Vehicle Description:  Motorcycles.
    Description of Defect:  An overload of the turn signal, rear tail/brake
    light, and carburetor warmer circuit can blow the fuse.
    Consequence of Defect:  This condition can result in a loss of rear tail
    and brake light illumination, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will install new, appropriate-rated fuses.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began Dec. 22, 1997.
    Note:  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 Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926.


    SCHOOL BUSES, MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, TRAILERS
    AND MOTOR HOMES

    Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.
    Models:        Fleetwood Discovery        Year:   1997
    Number Involved:    433
    Dates of Manufacture:    December 1996 - June 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V236    Fleetwood Campaign No. 97212
    Vehicle Description:  Class A motor homes equipped with a vinyl protective
    front cover.
    Description of Noncompliance:  This cover includes a mesh which covers the
    front headlight assembly.  This mesh interferes with the photometric
    performance of the headlights resulting in a noncompliance to FMVSS No.
    108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
    Consequence of Noncompliance:  The interfering mesh causes the brightness
    of the headlights and turn signals to be less than required.  The decrease
    in headlight brightness can decrease the ability to view the road while
    driving at night or in other instances where headlights would be needed.
    Also, the decreased brightness of the turn signals will affect the
    visibility of these signals to following vehicles.
    Corrective Action:  Owners will be provided with instructions and repair
    parts necessary to preform this recall.  If an owner so desires, a dealer
    can perform this remedy for them.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification was expected to begin Jan. 20,
    1998.
    Note:  Owners who do not receive the instructions and free repair parts
    within a reasonable time should contact Fleetwood at 1-800-322-8216.

    ShoreMaster, Incorporated
    Models:        ShoreMaster Xtreme        Years:   1997
    Number Involved:    125
    Dates of Manufacture:    August - November 1997
    NHTSA Recall No.:    97V214
    Vehicle Description:  Snowmobile two-place tilt and V-front trailers.
    Description of Defect:  The axle hub was not properly sized.  The axle hub
    is 6.5 inches in diameter, but should have been 5.5 inches.
    Consequence of Defect:  Over time, the bolt holes in the wheel rim could
    become elongated and cause rim failure, increasing the risk of a vehicle
    crash.
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will replace the hubs, or alternatively,
    larger tires will be provided to fit on the existing hubs.
    Owner Notification:  Owner notification began Dec. 3, 1997.
    Note:  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 ShoreMaster at 1-800-328-8945.

SOURCE  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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