NHTSA Regional Recall Archived Page

REGIONAL RECALLS 

 

Prepared by the

Defect and Recall Information Analysis Division

Office of Defects Investigation

Safety Assurance

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

April 2002

 


 

DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V005/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 747

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Jeep 1990-1991 Cherokee, Wrangler, Comanche and 1993 Grand Cherokee and 1989-1991 Eagle Premier and Dodge Monaco vehicles manufactured from July 1989 through July 1991.

Population:� 293,369 sport utility and passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� The front disc brake rotors can experience severe corrosion if operated for an extensive period in the 'salt belt.'� If the rotors are not replaced, the corrosion can eventually compromise the structural integrity of the stamped steel center hub section of the rotor.� The reduced strength can allow the cast iron wear surface to separate from the hub, reducing the brake effectiveness of the vehicle.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace these rotors with rotors that are coated with a corrosion protection.� Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 99V340/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 747

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles: �Jeep 1992-1995 Cherokee, 1994-1995 Grand Cherokee, and 1993-1995 Grand Wagoneer vehicles manufactured from February 1991 through July 1995.

Population:� 334,047 sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� The front disc brake rotors can experience severe corrosion if operated for an extensive period in the 'salt belt.' If the rotors are not replaced, the corrosion can eventually compromise the structural integrity of the stamped steel center hub section of the rotor. The reduced strength can allow the cast iron wear surface to separate from the hub, reducing the brake effectiveness of the vehicle.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace these rotors with rotors that are coated with a corrosion protection. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 00V136/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 879

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles: �Jeep 1996-1999 Cherokee and 1996-1998 Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from July 1995 through October 1998.

Population:� 589,000 sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� The front disc brake rotors can experience severe corrosion if operated for an extensive period in the 'salt belt.' If the rotors are not replaced, the corrosion can eventually compromise the structural integrity of the stamped steel center hub section of the rotor.� The reduced strength can allow the cast iron wear surface to separate from the hub, reducing the brake effectiveness of the vehicle.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace these rotors with rotors that are coated with a corrosion protection.� Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V040/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 973

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Dodge 1994-1999 Ram pickup trucks manufactured from July 1993 through May 1999.�

Population:� 701,000 pickup trucks sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� Corrosion of the return spring on the hood secondary latch could cause the mechanism to bind in the "release position."� If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch.� Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

 


 

FORD MOTOR COMPANY

 

NHTSA Recall No. 94V056/Ford Recall No. 94S83

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles: �Ford 1987-1994 B600 and B700 medium duty school bus chassis equipped with hydraulic brakes, tilt hoods, 5.9L, 6.6L, or 7.6L diesel engines or 6.1L or 7.0L gasoline engines.

Population:� 3,660 chassis sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Problem:� The battery power junction block mounted on the right fender apron, which serves as an electrical connection point for several engine compartment systems, is susceptible to road splash. The terminals at the junction block can experience corrosion and can fracture, causing loss of electrical power and engine shutdown. Engine shutdown, loss of power steering assist, or loss of hydraulic brake boost can occur which could result in loss of vehicle control and a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the junction box, main power terminal, the starter or starter relay, and terminals at the existing junction block.� The wiring of the hydraulic brake circuit will also be modified by bypassing the junction block. The new terminals will be made from an alloy material more resistant to salt corrosion. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.��

 

NHTSA Recall No. 95V231.001/Ford Recall No. 95S29

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1993-94 Ranger Pickup Trucks equipped with the 2.3L engine and manufactured from August 1, 1992, and December 1, 1994.

Population:� 26,000 trucks sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, New York, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Problem:� During extreme cold, ice can form in the throttle body of the engine causing the throttle plate to remain in the highway cruising position after the accelerator pedal is released, or if the cruise control was active, after the cruise control was deactivated. This can cause extended stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the air intake duct and valve assembly with revised units. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 96V024.001/Ford Recall No. 96S35

image of the State of California highlightedVehicles:� Ford 1991-1994 Explorer and Ranger vehicles manufactured from March 1991 through November 1993.

Population: 108,000 multi-purpose vehicles and light duty trucks originally sold or currently registered in the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Imperial, and Kern.

Problem:� The studs that attach the brake master cylinder to the power brake vacuum booster assembly can develop stress corrosion cracking after being operated for an extended period of time in the Southern California location. If a crack occurs, it could result in one or both studs fracturing. The master cylinder could then separate from the vacuum booster, when the brakes are applied, preventing the service brakes from activating increasing the risk of a vehicle accident.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the power brake vacuum booster assembly.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 96V251/Ford Recall No. 96S59

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1997 F150 pickup trucks manufactured from November 1995 through July 1996.

Population:� 22,000 pickup trucks sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan (Upper Peninsula), New York, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Problem:� Operation at highway speeds during extreme cold, northern climate winter conditions can result in ice forming in the throttle body of the engine. This ice can cause the throttle plate to remain in the highway cruising position after the accelerator is released or the speed control is deactivated. Under such conditions, the vehicle stopping distances would be increased possibly resulting in a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a foam-insulating sleeve on the line from the PCV to the hose fitting on the throttle plate.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V019/Ford Recall No. 97S66

image of highlighted North Central States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1992-1994 Tempo and Mercury Topaz vehicles with 3.0L engines; 1994 Tempo/Topaz vehicles with 2.3L engines; 1992-1995 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles with 3.8L engines; 1994-1995 Taurus/Sable models with 3.0L engines; and 1992-1994 Lincoln Continental vehicles with 3.8L engines manufactured from July 1991 through November 1994.

Population:� 75,200 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Problem: �During high winds, heavy, blowing, and drifting snow, and low temperatures, the engine cooling fan can become blocked or frozen with snow. The fan motor may not rotate and could overheat. This condition can cause smoke or flames from the fan and/or shroud, the fan electrical wiring, or the fan motor, resulting in a vehicle fire.

Remedy:� Dealers will install an electrical jumper harness containing an automatic resetting circuit breaker to protect the fan motor low speed circuitry from overheating. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V025/Ford Recall No. 97S65

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1991-1994 Taurus, Mercury Sable and Lincoln Continental model vehicles equipped with 3.8L engines and manufactured from August 1990 through November 1994.

Population:� 212,700 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem:� Water can accumulate within the speed control cable conduit. If enough water accumulates, it could freeze within a low area of the cable routing when exposed to a long term cold soak at temperatures at least several degrees below freezing. Driver control of vehicle speed using the speed control system or the accelerator control system would be diminished increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will add a boot to the speed control cable. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V074/Ford Recall No. 97S67

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1996-1997 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer model vehicles manufactured from February 1996 through February 1997.

Population:� 23,000 sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula only), Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem:� These vehicles, when operated for extended period of time at highway speeds and temperatures below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, do not return to idle due to ice in the throttle body. Although the vehicle can be controlled by either applying the service brakes or shifting the transmission to neutral, increased brake pedal efforts or some increase in stopping distance can result.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a revised PCV system with water-heated vacuum source. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V144/Ford Recall No. 97S79

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1995 Escort and Mercury Tracer model vehicles equipped with 1.9L engines and manufactured from April through October 1995.

Population:� 64,000 vehicles built at the Hermosillo or Wayne Assembly Plants, and originally sold or currently registered in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

Problem:� Cracks can develop in the fuel tank near the heat shield attachment resulting in fuel leakage if the cracks go through the fuel tank wall. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a vehicle fire.

Remedy:� Dealers will remove the heat shield attachments. This will not affect heat shield location or function, as the attachments are intended to keep the shield in place until the fuel tank is installed in the vehicle. After installation, the fuel tank straps retain the heat shield. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V145/Ford Recall No. 97S80

image of a map of the US with the state Arizona highlightedVehicles: Ford 1995 Escort and Mercury Tracer model vehicles equipped with 1.9L engines and manufactured from April through October 1995.

Population: 600 vehicles built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant, and originally sold or currently registered in the state of Arizona.

Problem: Cracks can develop in the fuel tank near the heat shield attachment resulting in fuel leakage if the cracks go through the fuel tank wall. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a vehicle fire.

Remedy: Dealers will remove the heat shield attachments. This will not affect heat shield location or function, as the attachments are intended to keep the shield in place until the fuel tank is installed in the vehicle. After installation, the fuel tank straps retain the heat shield. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V159/Ford Recall No. 97S84

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1992-1993 Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar vehicles manufactured from August 1991 through September 1993.

Population:� 125,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� Movement of the fuel lines causes the nylon fuel line jumper to chafe against the floor pan. This wear can cause a pin hole in the fuel line resulting in fuel leakage. This fuel leakage results in dampness and fuel odor, and if an ignition source was present, a fire could result.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a plastic convolute covering around the fuel lines. If the lines show a leak, the lines will be replaced first. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V007/Ford Recall No. 97S96

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1997-1998 F150 pickup trucks equipped with 4.2L engines and manufactured from November 1995 through November 1997.

Population:� 45,000 pickup trucks sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem:� The throttle is unable to return to idle due to ice forming in the throttle body when the temperature ranges from -10 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Increased brake pedal efforts or some increase in stopping distance could result.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a revised PCV system on these vehicles. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V094/Ford Recall No. 98S15

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1993 Taurus/Sable model vehicles manufactured August 1992 and July 1993.

Population:� 281,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Problem:� The front coil springs can fracture as a result of corrosion in combination with small cracks in the springs. The front tire could deflate due to a broken front coil spring contacting the tire, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a spring catcher bracket that will prevent a fractured spring from contacting a tire. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

NHTSA Recall No. 98V190/Ford Recall No. 98M03

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1988-1990 Aerostar mini-vans manufactured from October 1987 through November 1989.

Population:� 140,000 mini-vans currently registered in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (10 southern counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Imperial, and Kern), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada (Clark County), Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, and in the U.S. Territories covered by the Federal statutes.

Problem:� The upper portion of the fuel tank can develop small cracks due to extended exposure to very high ambient temperatures. Fuel vapor or leakage could occur at these cracks. If an ignition source is present, a fire could result.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the fuel tank, regardless of mileage, through March 31, 2002. This coverage will only be structural cracks at the top of the tank and will not include other damage caused by crash or road debris. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V323/Ford Recall No. 98S36

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1986-1995 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles manufactured from October 14, 1985, through June 27, 1995; and certain 1988-1994 Lincoln Continental vehicles manufactured from November 4, 1987 through November 18, 1994.

Population:� 2,697,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� The rear lower sub frame mount plate nut can experience stress corrosion cracking if subjected to long-term exposure to road salts which are used extensively in the above listed states. Detachment of the body mounts at the rear corners of the sub frame, which supports the engine and transmission, would allow the rear corners of the sub frame to drop. If both rear corners of the sub frame drop, steering could become suddenly very difficult, adversely affecting vehicle control and possibly result in a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will install sub frame rear mount bolts, reinforcement plates, and plate nuts.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 99V309/Ford Recall No. 99S33

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1995 Windstar vehicles manufactured from January 1994 through August 1995.�

Population:� 70,116 mini vans sold or currently registered in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (10 southern counties), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada (Clark County only), Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.�

Problem:� These mini vans can develop cracks in the fuel tank in the forward strap area of the standard 20-gallon tank due to a combination of factors that are present in certain very hot areas of the country.� The cracks could result in fuel leakage if they propagate through the wall of the tank.� Fuel leakage, in the present of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Remedy:� Dealers will install a brace assembly at the strap bolt hole location and replace the tank strap with a revised, longer strap.� Dealers will also inspect the tanks for leaks.� If a leak exists and is the result of a crack in the fuel tank, the tank will be replaced in addition to the installation of a spacer and longer strap.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V199/Ford Recall No. 01S19

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1997-1998 Windstar vehicles manufactured from August 1996 through July 1998.�

Population:� 198,583 mini vans sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.��

Problem:�The front coil springs could fracture as a result of corrosion. Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. Some tires have deflated due to contact with a broken spring.

Remedy:� Dealers will install protective shields around the front coil springs. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V255/Ford Recall No. 01S23

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1998 Contour and Mercury Mystique vehicles manufactured from September 1996 through April 1998.

Population:� 108,000 passenger vehicles built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant and currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.�

Problem:� The front coil springs may fracture as a result of corrosion in high corrosion environments. Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. Some tires have deflated due to contact with a broken spring.

Remedy:� Dealers will install spring catcher brackets.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 02V101/Ford Recall No. 02S36

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Ford 1995-1996 Windstar mini vans built at the Oakville Assembly Plant and manufactured from January 14, 1994 through May 21, 1996.

Population:� 250,283 mini vans sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.�

Problem:� During assembly, some brake lines were installed in a twisted position causing contact with the dash panel insulator above the catalytic converter.� This contact could abrade the brake line corrosion protection, and also salt or water absorbed in the dash panel insulator would promote corrosion.� This corrosion could ultimately lead to a leak in the brake line.� Continued loss of brake fluid will result in brake light activation.� Extended stopping distance could also result if significant fluid loss occurs, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will inspect the brake line for corrosion and clearance conditions.� A brake line that is not corroded will be repositioned.� A brake line that is corroded or leaking will be replaced with a nylon coated brake line and secured using three retaining clips to assure the clearance with the insulator.� Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

 



GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION

 

NHTSA Recall No. 93V018/GM Recall No. 92C30

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles: GM 1991-1992 Chevrolet Caprice model vehicles manufactured from July 1991 through July 1992.

Population: 20,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Problem: An electrical groundout condition can exist between the 12-volt junction block and the metal inner fender skirt. This condition can cause a melted junction block, smoke, and burned under hood wiring, resulting in a disabled vehicle or a vehicle fire. This condition can occur while the vehicle is in operation or while the vehicle is parked and the ignition is in the 'Off' position.

Remedy: Dealers will install a shielding insulator under the junction block. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V058/GM Recall No. 97016

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles: GM 1988-1991 Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, and 1990-1991 Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo, Lumina APV, Oldsmobile Silhouette, and Pontiac Transport model vehicles manufactured from May 1987 through January 1991.

Population: 676,535 passenger vehicles and mini-vans sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Problem: The rear cradle bolts pull through the retainers due to corrosion of the retainer. If both bolts pull through, the rear cradle would no longer be supported at these mounting locations and the steering intermediate shaft can separate from the steering gear. If this were to occur while the vehicle was in motion, a vehicle crash could result.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the rear cradle bolts and retainers.� Owners should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 00V189/GM Recall Nos. 00061/00065

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� GM 1988-1991 Buick Regal, Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and 1990-1991 Chevrolet Lumina passenger vehicles.�

Population:� 713,435 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� A condition where one or both front engine cradle bolts can pull through the retainers due to corrosion of the retainers. If both bolts pull through, the front of the cradle would not longer be supported at the mounting locations and the steering intermediate shaft may separate from the steering gear.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the front and rear frame/cradle bolts and retainers.� Owners should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V068/GM Recall No. 01014

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� GM 1997-1998 Chevrolet Malibu and Oldsmobile Cutlass vehicles manufactured from January 1996 through January 1998.

Population:� 129,427 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North akota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.�

Problem:� If a buildup of snow or ice restricts the movement of the passenger side windshield wiper arm, the pivot housing can crack and the wipers will not operate.� Reduced visibility in inclement weather could lead to a vehicle crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the passenger side windshield wiper pivot housing.� Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537.�

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V200/GM Recall No. 01048

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� GM 1996-1997 Chevrolet Blazer, Oldsmobile Bravada, and GMC Jimmy vehicles.�

Population:� 48,600 sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� Failure of an upper and lower control arm ball joint assembly could occur due to corrosion, resulting in impaired steering or steering loss, or a partial or complete collapse of the front suspension.� This can result in impaired steering or steering loss, or a partial or complete collapse of the front suspension, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace both upper ball joints.� Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537, or GMC at 1-800-462-8782.

 


 

GULF STATES TOYOTA DISTRIBUTORS, INC.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V277

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles: Toyota 1998-1999 Camry, Corolla, 4Runner, Tacoma, T100, and Sienna sport utility vehicles, light duty pickup trucks and passenger cars equipped with wheel lug nuts, Part No. 1207, supplied by Prime Wheel Corporation, and distributed by Gulf States Toyota, Inc. from April through August 1998.

Population: 7,794 vehicles sold in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi only.

Problem: The lug nuts contain a defect that could cause loss of the lug nuts, and possible loss of the wheel. This condition could cause loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace all the wheel lug nuts and also perform a complimentary wheel rotation when the repair is done. Owners should contact Gulf States Toyota Distributor at 1-800-444-1074.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V279

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 1998-1999 Camry and RAV4 passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with an Audiovox Securikey+ security system or Securikey+ system with remote starter system and distributed by Gulf States Toyota, Inc. from July through October 1998.

Population:� 1,519 vehicles sold in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi only.

Problem:� The wiring harness in these security systems can malfunction causing an electrical failure. This condition can cause intermittent performance of the vehicle's electrical components such as the dash warning lights and/or HVAC fan speed controls. Also, the vehicle may not run smoothly and could stall.

Remedy:� Dealers will inspect the Securikey+ wiring harness and, if necessary, replace the harness.� Owners should contact Gulf States Toyota Distributor at 1-800-444-1074.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 00V252

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 2000 Echo, Tacoma, Corolla, and Camry vehicles fitted with speed control devices at Gulf States Toyota's Vehicle Processing Center or installed by certain Toyota dealers in Gulf States' region from October 1999 through August 2000.

Population:� 33,821 passenger vehicles sold in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi only.

Problem:� The E-clip that holds the speed control assembly to the accelerator linkage could break.� If the E-clip fails, the speed control attachment could come off, causing the speed control to stop working.� The loose attachment could cause the accelerator to stick, preventing normal stopping and handling of the vehicle.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the E-clip with a cotter pin.� Owners should contact Gulf States Toyota Distributor at 1-800-444-1074.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 02V050

image of highlighted Southern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 1999-2001 Tundra pickup trucks equipped with a Tekonsha trailer hitch wiring harness and converter and distributed by Gulf States Toyota from April 1999 through March 2000.� ��

Population:� 8,609 pickup trucks sold in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi only.

Problem:� This recall involves the circuitry used in the converter, which is inadequate to properly manage vehicle and/or trailer-side voltage spikes.� If the converter is exposed to a voltage spike, it could cause an electrical short or open circuit within the converter.� This short circuit could cause a failure of the converter, and if a trailer is being towed at the time, can also cause inoperative trailer lights.

Remedy:� Dealers will replace the wire harness and converter.� Owners should contact Gulf States Toyota Distributor at 1-800-444-1074.

 


 

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA 

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V245/Hyundai Recall No. 031

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Hyundai 1995-1997 Accent vehicles manufactured from May 1994 through November 1996.

Population:� 64,967 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.��

Problem:� During winter months, the road salt used to de-ice roads can result in corrosion that causes pits to form on the lower coil of the front springs allowing cracks to develop.� This can result in breakage of the lower spring coil.� If the front coil spring breaks, it can become displaced from its seated position, and can contact a tire.� Tire damage can result.

Remedy:   Dealers will install a spring guide to prevent a broken coil spring from contacting and damaging a tire.� Owners should contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V346/Hyundai Recall No. 047

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Hyundai 2000-2001 Accent vehicles equipped with 1.5 liter or 1.6 liter engines manufactured from August 1999 through May 2001.

Population:� 26,608 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem: �While driving at a steady throttle opening for an extended period of time during extremely cold ambient temperatures (below approximately -5 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity), moisture in the combustion chamber blowby gases can freeze and block the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve and hose.� If the PCV hose freezes, combustion chamber gases are forced through the breather hose into the air intake hose and then into the throttle body.� Moisture in the combustion chamber blowby gases may freeze inside the throttle body bore and throttle body idle speed control circuit resulting in the throttle valve not closing fully and a higher than normal idle speed when the accelerator pedal is released.

Remedy:  Dealers will install a new, relocated PCV hose and will additionally install a heated throttle body on the 2000-2001 Accents equipped with 1.5-liter engines that were produced through January 31, 2001.� Owners should contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151.

 



MAZDA NORTH AMERICA, INC.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 95V231.002/Mazda Recall No. 63602

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles: Mazda 1994 B2300 pickup trucks equipped with 2.3L engines and manufactured from April 1993 through December 1994.

Population: 2,000 trucks sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, New York, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Problem: During extreme cold, ice can form in the throttle body of the engine causing the throttle plate to remain in the highway cruising position after the accelerator pedal is released, or if the cruise control was active, after the cruise control was deactivated. This can cause extended stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:   Dealers will replace the air intake duct and valve assembly with revised units. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V116/Mazda Recall No. 70709

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Mazda 1992-1995 MX3 vehicles manufactured from August 1991 through August 1994.

Population: �25,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� In areas where large quantities of road salt are used, corrosive pits can develop on the surface of the front suspension coil spring. Repeated use can eventually cause the coil spring to break and tire could be punctured from contact with the broken coil spring. This condition increases the risk of a crash.

Remedy: �Dealers will install a guard assembly that will prevent the broken coil spring from contacting the tire.� In addition to performing the recall campaign, Mazda is extending the warranty coverage on the front coil springs for the lift of the vehicle. If owners have already paid for the repair or replacement of these front coil springs, due to road salt damage, Mazda will reimburse these owners for reasonable expenses. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

 


 

NISSAN MOTORS CORPORATION

 

NHTSA Recall No. 95V244

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles: Nissan 1989-1993 Maxima and 1990-1992 Stanza model vehicles manufactured from August 1988 through February 1994.

Population: 747,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem: Mud and salt can get trapped between the fuel filler tube and wheel housing resulting in corrosion of the fuel filler tube and the wheel housing. Significant corrosion of the fuel filler tube can result in fuel leaks that in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire. In addition, the left rear seat belt retractor is mounted to the wheel housing and in the event of significant corrosion, and the mounting could fail in a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and corrective action will be taken depending upon the extent of the corrosion.� Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V072

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Nissan 1991-1996 Infiniti G20 model vehicles manufactured from July 1990 through May 1996.

Population:� 85,000 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem:� Corrosion of the fuel filler tube assembly can occur, especially those vehicles operated in the 'salt belt,' resulting in fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.

Remedy:� Dealers will inspect the fuel filler tube and replace the tube with a new one.� Any other components of the fuel filler tube assembly that are damaged or deteriorated will also be replaced.� Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

 


 

SOUTHEAST TOYOTA DISTRIBUTORS, INC.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 98V278

image of highlighted South Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles: �Toyota 1998-1999 RAV4, Avalon, and Sienna model vehicles equipped with a Theft Deterrent System (TDS) supplied by Audiovox Corporation and distributed by Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc. from July through October 1998.

Population:� 1,960 sport utility, passenger vehicles and mini vans distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina only.

Problem:� The alarm wiring harness plugs into the vehicle's ignition switch and the vehicle's ignition switch wiring harness plugs into the alarm harness to complete the circuit. A percentage of the female terminals used in the alarm connector were found to be defective, causing an 'open circuit' condition when mated to the male ignition switch terminals. This condition can cause intermittent performance of the vehicle's electrical components such as the dash warning lights and/or HVAC fan speed controls. Also, the vehicle may not run smoothly and could stall.

Remedy:� Dealers will inspect the date code label on the security system harness and any displaying the manufacturing/final date code will be replaced with newly produced harnesses. The date codes are: RAV4 - 6/24/98, 6/25/98, 6/26/98; Sienna - 6/25/98, 6/29/98; and Avalon - 6/30/98, 7/1/98, 8/31/98, 9/1/98, and 9/3/98. Owners should contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V186

image of highlighted South Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 2001 Tacoma 4x2 trucks equipped with TU4 white letter tire upgrade option and distributed by Southeast Toyota Distributors.

Population: �43 pickup trucks distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina only.

Problem:� Tire damage may have occurred due to improper installation, which could cause the tire to deflate or a bulge appearing in the sidewall of the tire.� An improperly inflated tire could result in vehicle handling problems or a blow out of an improperly installed tire.

Remedy: �Dealers will check all four tires, rebalance and, if necessary, replace any damaged tire.� Owners should contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.

 


 

SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. 

 

NHTSA Recall No. 01V216/Subaru Recall No. WWE-88

image of highlighted North Eastern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Subaru 1995-1999 Outback and Legacy vehicles equipped with front coil springs and manufactured from January 1994 through January 1998.

Population:� 180,000 passenger and sport utility vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Problem: �The front coil springs were produced with poor paint quality which, after continued exposure to corrosive salt, can result in breakage of the spring.� Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire.� Some tires have deflated due to contact with a broken spring.

Remedy: �Dealers will install a spring guard on both front struts to prevent tire puncture and replace any broken springs.� Owners should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.�

 


 

TOYOTA MOTOR COMPANY, INC.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 97V156

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 1997 Avalon, Camry, and Lexus ES300 vehicles manufactured from July 1996 through February 1997.

Population:� 18,746 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem: �A condition can occur where accumulated moisture can temporarily freeze in the brake vacuum hose if the vehicle is used in extremely cold climates for an extended period of time. This can result in the elimination of vacuum assist to the brakes that increase stopping distances and could lead to a crash.

Remedy: �Dealers will install a new design brake vacuum hose. Owners should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 00V256/Toyota Recall No. Y04

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Toyota 2000 Echo passenger vehicles manufactured from August 1999 through March 2000.

Population:� 4,530 vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Problem:� Condensed moisture from the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) port could seep toward the brake vacuum port inside the intake manifold and start to freeze.� Vacuum assist to the brakes would be decreased and increased pedal pressure would be required, increasing the vehicle stopping distance.��

Remedy:�� Dealers will repair the vacuum port.� If the Echo owner believes that there is a possibility that the vehicle will be operated in these states during the winter or in conditions described, the vehicle should be serviced for this recall.� Owners should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

 


 

VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC.

 

NHTSA Recall No. 99V131/VWoA Recall No. UH/Audi Recall No. KU

image of highlighted Northern States involved in the recallVehicles:� Volkswagen 1998-1999 Passat and Audi 1997-1999 A4 vehicles manufactured from October 1997 through February 1999.

Population:� 12,500 passenger vehicles sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.�

Problem:� A control valve in the vacuum hose connecting the brake booster to the intake manifold may not open or close fully at temperatures below -4 F under certain driving conditions.� This condition could cause insufficient vacuum to be provided to the booster.

Remedy:  Dealers will install a vacuum by-pass system into vehicles operated in these states which is designed to provide sufficient vacuum for full brake assist under all weather conditions.� Owners should contact VWoA at 1-800-822-8987 or Audi at 1-800-822-2834.�������