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Feds List Several Recalled Vehicles

Mar 18, 2005 | The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation has released the following information about several vehicles that have been recalled:

Toyota Tacoma 2005: On certain pickup trucks equipped with an automatic transmission, there is a possibility that the parking brake pedal cable lock nut may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification. In this condition, the lock nut may loosen and come off, which will reduce the effect
iveness of the parking brake.

This condition could allow the vehicle to roll if the transmission is not placed into the "park" position and the vehicle is parked on a slope, thus raising the possibility of a crash. Dealers will inspect and tighten the parking brake pedal cable lock nut to the proper torque specification.

Big Dog 2005 motorcycles: On certain motorcycles, an electronic component failure could occur in the electric harness control (EHC) module.
This could result in a total shutdown of the motorcycle’s electrical power, increasing the risk of crash. Dealers will add a resistor harness to eliminate the susceptibility of the component in the electric harness control module to fail.

Ford Focus 2000-2002: Certain passenger vehicles with four or five doors and originally sold or currently registered in 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 have a buildup of corrosion at the pawl pivot area of the rear door latch that can cause a binding condition of the pawl that may affect proper engagement of the pawl into the catch.

The occupant may experience difficulty opening or closing a rear door, and eventually the rear door may not latch properly. If not latched properly, the door may open while the vehicle is in motion. If an occupant fell out of the vehicle, personal injuries could occur.

Dodge Durango 2005: On certain sport utility vehicles, the fuel tank filler tube inlet check valve may not fully close at the end of refueling. This could allow some fuel to escape from the vehicle filler neck.
Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the inlet check valves and replace the fuel tank assembly.

Honda Odyssey 2005: On certain minivans and sport utility vehicles, the steering column may be incorrectly assembled, which could result in a loss of steering control. Loss of steering control can cause a vehicle crash without prior notice.

Buick Rainier 2005, Chevrolet Trailblazer 2005, GMC Envoy 2005, Isuzu Ascender 2005: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 212, "windshield mounting." The windshield urethane bead may not have adhered to the body in certain areas during the cure process.
If a crash occurs, the windshield may not be retained, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.

BFGoodrich/Land Terrain 9999: Certain BFGoodrich land terrain p235/75r15 tires, manufactured during the weeks of Feb. 19 through Aug. 19, 2004, are missing the tire treadwear indicator required by federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 109, new pneumatic tires.
Owners will not be notified that their tires are wearing out and may continue to drive on unsafe worn tires. Michelin has been notifying its customers and replacing the affected tires free of charge. The recall began in February.

Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Kodiak, Silverado, Suburban, Savana, Sierra, Topkick, Yukon XL and Hummer/H2 2004-2005: Certain trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans equipped with Bosch hydro-boost brake assemblies, the hydraulic brake booster pressure accumulator may crack and separate from the hydro-boost assembly during normal operating conditions.

If a separation occurred and the hood of the vehicle were open, fragments from the accumulator could cause injury to people in the immediate area. The presence of this crack or fractured surface could allow the hydraulic fluid to leak from the accumulator circuit of the booster assembly.

The loss of fluid would cause increased steering and braking effort and a crash may occur without prior warning. Dealers will test the hydro-boost assembly for functional operation of the two-function valve. If the hydro-boost assembly fails the test, dealers are to replace the assembly.

Cadillac SRZ and XLR 2004 and Pontiac Grand Prix 2004: Certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 124, "accelerator control systems." If one of the two accelerator pedal return springs fails and the temperature is minus 22 degrees to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the engine may not return to idle within three seconds, as required.
If this were to occur, greater brake pedal force and a longer distance may be required to stop the vehicle. Dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assembly.

Chevrolet Classic 2005 and Pontiac Grand Am 2005: Certain passenger vehicles are equipped with rear suspension knuckle bolts that are not to specification and could fracture under high loads that can occur in some driving conditions.
If the bolt fracture, the rear suspension linkage could detach from the knuckle, and the rear wheel would be able to turn inboard or outboard. Sudden changes in vehicle handling could occur, particularly at higher speeds, and the driver may not be able to control the vehicle and a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will replace both rear suspension knuckle bolts. The recall began Feb. 16.

adillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT 2005 and Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL 2005: Certain sport utility vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 102, "transmission shift lever sequence, starter interlock and transmission braking effect." Under certain vehicle starting conditions, the shift lever position indicator located in the instrument panel cluster may not illuminate.

If the shift lever position indicator does not illuminate, the driver may not know which gear the vehicle is in. The vehicle may move in an unintended direction, resulting in possible injury to others outside of the vehicle.

The recall was expected to begin in early March.

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