All Car Recalls
Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 "Occupant Crash Protection" The deflector panel contained in the passenger side air bag module may not have been built to specification. Damage to the air bag may occur that could allow the release of a fragment of the deflector panel into the passenger compartment, resulting in injury. The Land Rover recall # is B186
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2001 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles sold in cold weather states to inspect the coil springs. When corroded, coil springs may fracture, causing damage to tires and a possible loss of vehicle control. Dealers will install a special shield to alleviate the problem. Additional warranty coverage is also extended on the coil springs for 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
On 131 vehicles, the accessory tow hitch may not have been tightened to specification. If the tow hitch loosens and separates from the vehicle, a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will tighten the tow hitch. The recall began January 3, 2005. The Nissan recall number is PB124.
The soft top catch lever may crack and fail, resulting in the top opening in error on its own. Free of charge, dealers will inspect the roof alignment and locking pins and replace both locking motors. Dealers will also improve the warning system that notifies drivers of an improperly closed roof while driving.
190 vehicles may have right and/or left rear seat belts that will not lock properly due to missing retaining pins on the housing. The locking mechanism can malfunction, increasing the risk of serious injury to the rear seat occupants in the event of a crash. Passengers should not sit on and child seats should not be used in the right or left rear seats until this recall has been completed. Dealers will inspect the rear seat belts and replace faulty retractors as required. This recall is expected to begin in December of 2004. The Mazda recall number is 2604L.
The right steering knuckle may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. This could cause the steering knuckle to crack and separate from the upper control arm, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the right steering knuckle. This recall is expected to begin on December 27, 2004. Chrysler recall number is D55.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2000-2003 Dodge Dakota and Durango 4WD models because the front upper ball joints may wear out prematurely. Water intrusion can cause rust to develop, which will accelerate wear and cause a clunking noise in the front suspension, which may or may not be heard by the vehicle occupants. Excessive wear may allow the ball joint to separate, which could result in loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace both front upper ball joints to correct this issue.
GM has recalled certain 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero, and Pontiac Grand Am vehicles because the accelerator may stick in hot temperatures, which can increase the risk of an accident. Dealers will inspect the accelerator pedal arm and replace the accelerator and brake pedal assembly.
The positive battery cable may contact the front suspension upper control arm mounting bracket. The contact could wear the insulation from the cable, which could lead to a short circuit, and possibly a fire in the engine compartment. Dealers will inspect the positive battery cable and reposition it if necessary. The recall began December 14, 2004. The Chrysler recall number is D40.
Excessive wear may develop on the side bolsters of the seat backrest. As a result, the seat heater mat located in this area may be damaged. If such damage were to occur, with the system turned on, the occupant may feel excessive heat from the area. The heating element may damage or melt a small hole in this damaged area of the seat cover. If this happened, it could lead to the seat occupant being burned. Dealers will modify the seat heating circuit to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin during December of 2004.