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Summary on August 20, 2001
Vehicle description: certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with requirements of fmvss no. 209, "seat belt assemblies." the front seat belt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the standard.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 20, 2001
Vehicle description: passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and light and medium duty pickup trucks. a switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat, potentially resulting in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park function, complete loss of wiper function, or ignition of the plastic cover material. switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom of the windshield. these vehicles were built at the following assembly plants: atlanta plant from 2/11/00 through 7/31/00; chicago plant from 2/14/00 through 8/4/00; kansas city plant from 2/26/00 to 9/4/00; kentucky truck plant from 2/18/00 to 8/31/00; michigan truck plant from 2/23/00 through 8/3/00; norfolk plant from 2/21/00 through 7/27/00; wayne stamping and assembly plant from 2/25/00 through 8/15/00; and wixom plant from 2/15/00 through 8/8/00.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 20, 2001
Vehicle description: the following vehicles were repaired with incorrect parts: 2002 acura 3.2tl sedans with replacement buckles installed per recall 01v-166001; certain 2000 acura 3.2tl vehicles with replacement buckles installed as product update repairs; and certain 2000-2002 acura 3.2tl vehicles with replacement buckles installed as warranty or collision repairs. repairs were made from march 9 through july 27, 2001. some of the noncompliant buckles were mislabeled and redistributed to acura dealers to be used as recall repair parts. honda also determined that incorrect front seat belt buckle replacement parts were used for some product update repairs of 2000 acura 3.2tl vehicles, and warranty or collision repairs of 2000-2002 3.2tl vehicles. these seat belt buckles may not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 209, "seat belt assemblies."
Summary on August 17, 2001
Vehicle description: passenger vehicles. due to an assembly error during vehicle production, any of the three bolts that secure the pulley to the pump may have been inadequately tightened.
Summary on August 17, 2001
Vehicle description: sport utility vehicles. due to an assembly error, one or both self-locking nuts that secure the pedal assembly to the booster may have been cross-threaded on the booster studs that protrude through the firewall. in such a case, the nut(s) would not be fully seated on the stud(s).
Summary on August 15, 2001
Vehicle description: light duty trucks equipped with seat belts supplied by trw. it is possible that the driver's and/or front passenger's outboard seat belt buckle may not fully latch. ford crown victoria built at st. thomas assembly plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01 mercury grand marquis built at st. thomas assembly plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01. lincoln town cars built at wixom assembly plant from 3/27/00 - 5/30/01. lincoln navigators built at michigan truck plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01. ford windstars built at oakville assembly plant from 3/23/00 - 5/30/01. ford rangers built at twin cities plant from 3/28/00 - 5/30/01, and also at the edison plant from 3/13/00 - 5/25/01. ford f-150 truck built at norfolk plant from 4/18/00 - 5/25/00; at ontario plant from 5/10/00 - 5/28/01; at kansas city plant from 9/11/99 - 5/25/01; and at cuautitlan plant from 5/16/00 - 6/9/01. ford super duty f-250, f-350, f-450, and f-550 trucks built at kentucky plant from 4/17/00 - 5/27/01; and at cuautitlan plant from 5/16/00 - 6/19/01. ford excursions built at kentucky plant from 4/17/00 - 10/2/00. ford expeditions built at michigan truck plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 14, 2001
On certain passenger vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the "salt belt" states: alaska, colorado, connecticut, delaware, idaho, illinois, indiana, iowa, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, montana, nebraska, new hampshire, new jersey, new york, north dakota, ohio, pennsylvania, rhode island, south dakota, utah, vermont, west virginia, wisconsin, and wyoming. 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.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 14, 2001
Vehicle description: 4.4i sport utility vehicles. there is a plastic carrier to which the oil filter housing is attached. oil supply and return lines are attached to the filter housing. over time, this carrier could sag slightly. if this happens, one of the oil lines, which are armored with steel mesh, could come into contact and chafe a steel brake line located immediately underneath.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 14, 2001
Vehicle description: 4.4i sport utility vehicles. over an extended period of time, abrasion particles could deposit on the electrical contacts within the switch, causing a disruption of the electric current through the contacts. if the disruption occurs when the vehicle is stationary with the transmission in the neutral or park positions, the transmission will switch automatically into the emergency program, which is displayed in the instrument cluster via a warning lamp and a message, "trans. fail-safe prog." in this case, the vehicle can be driven in lower gears only with limited engine output.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 13, 2001
Vehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with warn industries' winch kits. a power interrupt solenoid, possibly included in the winch assembly, can develop an electrical leak path to ground.
Summary on August 8, 2001
This is not a safety recall in accordance with the safety act. however, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency. vehicle description: 1998-1999 chrysler sebring jxi limited convertibles. the steering column intermediate shaft coupler pinch bolt retaining pin could snag and/or fray the edge of the driver's side floor mat.
RepairPal Expert Overview on August 3, 2001
Vehicle description: pickup trucks equipped with diesel engines. the throttle cable could unravel (fray) or break resulting in loss of throttle control.
Summary on July 30, 2001
Vehicle description: certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with requirements of fmvss no. 208, "occupant crash protection." the air bag alert labels may not be permanently affixed as required by this standard.
Summary on July 30, 2001
Vehicle description: sport utiity vehicles. the reservoir filler cap of the brake master cylinder may induce a vacuum, introducing some air into the brake master cylinder reservoir. this could cause abnormal brake noise and increased pedal stroke when the brakes are applied.
Summary on July 25, 2001
Vehicle description: passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. equipped with seat belts supplied by trw. it is possible that the driver's and/or front passenger's outboard seat belt buckle may not fully latch. ford crown victoria built at st. thomas assembly plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01 mercury grand marquis built at st. thomas assembly plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01. lincoln town cars built at wixom assembly plant from 3/27/00 - 5/30/01. lincoln navigators built at michigan truck plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01. ford windstars built at oakville assembly plant from 3/23/00 - 5/30/01. ford rangers built at twin cities plant from 3/28/00 - 5/30/01, and also at the edison plant from 3/13/00 - 5/25/01. ford f-150 truck built at norfolk plant from 4/18/00 - 5/25/00; at ontario plant from 5/10/00 - 5/28/01; at kansas city plant from 9/11/99 - 5/25/01; and at cuautitlan plant from 5/16/00 - 6/9/01. ford super duty f-250, f-350, f-450, and f-550 trucks built at kentucky plant from 4/17/00 - 5/27/01; and at cuautitlan plant from 5/16/00 - 6/19/01. ford excursions built at kentucky plant from 4/17/00 - 10/2/00. ford expeditions built at michigan truck plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01.
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