The front anchor tabs for the front bucket seats may not be engaged in the floor pan reinforcement slots and could potentially pivot rearward in a crash. This could increase the risk of injury to the seat occupant and a rear seat occupant. Dealers will ensure that both front anchor tabs are fully seated in the floor pan reinforcement slots. The recall began September 19, 2003. The GM recall number is 03050.
All Car Recalls
Volkswagen is recalling models equipped with 4.0L engines because the affected vehicles are equipped with tires of the maximum load rating index 93h instead of 97h. Dealers will replace all four tires with the proper size tires.
The engine oil filter drain plug may not be tightened to specification. This could lead to loosening of the drain plug, causing an initial spray of oil and then a leak. If enough oil drains, engine damage can result, and crash could result if the damage is severe enough. Dealers will inspect the torque of the oil filter drain plug, and tighten if necessary. The recall began September 12, 2003.
On 69 vehicles, the fuel pump wiring can become chafed by an underbody shield. This could cause the fuel pump fuse to open and the engine to stall unexpectedly. This may increase the risk of a crash. The recall began September 9, 2003. The Chrysler recall number is C27.
A mislocated sensor in the seat belt buckle may prevent the seat belt tongue from being inserted completely into the buckle. In a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the driver's seat belt buckle assembly. The recall began September 4, 2003. The Suzuki recall number is K4.
Ford has recalled certain 1998-2002 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the driver's seat recliner mechanism. The upper bolt that attaches the recliner mechanism to the seat back frame could fracture. If this happens, the seat back could fall backward and disrupt the driver, possibly causing an accident. Dealers will replace the upper bolt and, on some vehicles, replace a lower bolt as well.
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2001 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for a possible binding speed control cable. If the cable binds, throttle return could be affected, causing a sticking accelerator. Dealers will inspect the cable and replace it if necessary.
The right rear brake hose fitting may not be tightened properly, which could result in a brake fluid leak. This condition could lead to a low brake pedal and increased stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will tighten the right rear brake hose fitting to the proper specification, and add brake fluid if needed. The recall began August 28, 2003. The GM recall number is 03045.
The fuel filler hose may have a hose clamp that is out of position or loose, which could result in fuel leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers will inspect and tighten the clamp on the fuel filler hose. The recall began August 27, 2003. The Subaru recall number is WW0-98.
The nut on the bolt that connects the steering gear to the steering coupling my not be tightened to specification. If the nut were to loosen, the connection may slip over time, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and tighten the coupling nut as required. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2003-08003.
The owner's manual does not explain the child restraint anchor location symbols for the lower universal anchorage system. This does not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Owners were sent supplements to the owner's manual explaining the location symbols in the vehicle. The recall began August 18, 2003. The GM recall number is 03039.
Excessive corrosion of the shift cable linkage may prevent the driver from shifting into "Park." This may cause the vehicle to roll away. Dealers will inspect and replace the shift cable if corrosion is present and install a new corrosion-resistant control pin.
It was found in the 40MPH frontal offset crash test that the fuel tank may be damaged from the impact force and leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank. The recall began August 1, 2003. The Toyota recall number is SSC 30K.