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Major NHTSA Recall


DETROIT, Oct 7, 2005; Reuters reported that four automakers are recalling over 450,000 vehicles in the United States for a range of defects, U.S. safety regulators said on Friday.

Chrysler is recalling nearly 256,409 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, Dodge Durango, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicles, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum sedans from the 2005 model year because of a problem that may cause the vehicles to roll away while in 'park' position, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Separately, General Motors Corp. is recalling 123,592 pickup trucks, SUVs, vans and cars because of potential power steering problems that could lead to engine fires, NHTSA said.

NHTSA said the power steering hose, under extreme steering maneuvers, may break and leak fluid. This could result in increased braking effort and also, if the power steering fluid spray were to spray onto hot engine parts, an engine compartment fire could occur.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet Corvette car, Buick Rainer, Cadillac Escalade, Tahoe, Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Yukon, Hummer H2 and Isuzu Ascender SUVs, Chevrolet Express and Savana vans, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. All the vehicles are from the 2006 model year, NHTSA said. The Corvette, Silverado and Sierra models from the 2005 model year are also being recalled.

Also, Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 74,276 Sedona minivans from 2002 to 2004 model years equipped with power seats because a problem with the wiring under the front seats could cause a fire.

Kia's affiliate, Hyundai Motor Co., is recalling 12,000 Santa Fe SUVs from the 2005 model year because of a problem with the occupant classification system, NHTSA said.

The occupant classification system installed in the front passenger seat of the vehicle may mistakenly identify a child seat as an adult passenger, NHTSA said.