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Nissan Xterra Recall 05E062000

Vehicle Hitches may Break Due to Improper Welding

Body, Interior & Misc., November 3, 2005

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

There is insufficient welding on some trailer hitches. This my cause the hitch to break and item in tow may be lost, causing an accident.

What Should You Do?

Valley Industries will contact customers of affected hitches beginning November 3, 2005. If you have a hitch that has not been replaced and feel it falls under this recall you should contact Valley Industries at 290-368-8881

Summary:

There is a recall on certain Valley Industries Hitch-Class III receiver trailer hitches P/N 82850 manufactured between March and September 2005 sold for use as replacements equipment for the 2005 Nissan Xterra. Due to insufficient weld strength, under certain circumstances, the hitch may break while in use. This may cause the loss of equipment in tow and result in an accident. Valley Industries will replace the hitch free of charge. 

 

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2005

Manufacturer's Report Date: November 3, 2005

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05E062000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TRAILER HITCHES

Potential Number of Units Affected: 498

Summary: CERTAIN VALLEY INDUSTRIES HITCH-CLASS III RECEIVER TRAILER HITCHES P/N 82850 MANUFACTURED BETWEEN MARCH AND SEPTEMBER 2005 SOLD FOR USE AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR 2005 NISSAN XTERRA PASSENGER VEHICLES. DUE TO INSUFFICIENT WELD STRENGTH, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE HITCHES MAY BREAK WHILE IN USE.

Consequence: THE TRAILER OR ITEM IN TOW MAY RELEASE PARTIALLY OR WHOLLY FROM THE MOTOR VEHICLE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: VALLEY INDUSTRIES WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPLACE THE TRAILER HITCHES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 3, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VALLEY INDUSTRIES AT 209-368-8881.

Notes: CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY:1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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