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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recall Information

November 2009 Recalls

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2008 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured from June 2006 through July 2008 that are equipped with automatic transmissions. These vehicles were not equipped with a transmission fluid temperature warning system. Fluid could boil over and may come into contact with a hot engine or exhaust component and cause a fire. Dealers will inspect and install a "HOTOIL" message in the instrument cluster and a chime indicating an elevated transmission fluid condition. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403.

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2007 Dodge Nitro passenger vehicles. The windshield wiper system may experience a condition over time where high usage of the variable pause wiper function ("delay" mode) may eventually affect primary wiper function, rendering the wiper system inoperable. Inoperative wipers under inclement weather conditions could cause impaired visibility increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and add external relays and update the totally integrated power module software to control the wiper functions. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403. Chrysler's campaign number is J28.

Chrysler is recalling certain Model Year 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger vehicles manufactured from October 22 through November 12, 2009. The passenger side airbag may not properly deploy through the instrument panel tear seam. The airbag may not properly protect the passenger in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the top cover of the instrument panel free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in December 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800- 853-1403. Chrysler's campaign number is J33.

Country Coach is recalling certain model year 2007 and 2008 motorhomes manufactured between April 2006 and March 2008 that are equipped with Caterpillar C15 engines. The variable valve actuation (VVA) oil line may wear against the p-clips retaining the oil line, causing an oil leak. An oil leak could result in a fire. Country Coach is working with caterpillar to repair the engines. The free repair will be performed by Caterpillar. Please see Caterpillar's safety recall campaign 09E-020. The safety recall began on October 23, 2009. Owners may contact Caterpillar at 1-800-447-4986 or Country Coach at 1-541-998-3720.

Dutchmen is recalling certain travel trailers for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. Part 567, "Certification." These vehicles were manufactured with the incorrect axle information printed on the federal certification label. Towing a vehicle with the axle loaded beyond the specified weight rating may result in axle failure leading to poor vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash. Dutchmen will mail the corrected tag to consumers or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label for them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-866-869-1109.

Dutchmen is recalling certain travel trailers which were manufactured with incorrect axles. These vehicles were built with axles rated at 4,400 lbs. The vehicles should have been built with axles rated at 5,080 lbs. Towing a vehicle with the axle loaded beyond the specified weight rating may result in axle failure leading to poor vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the axles on each vehicle with ones rated at 5,080 lbs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Dutchmen warranty service department at 1-866-869-1109.

Ferrari is recalling certain model year 1995 through 1999 Ferrari 355 and 355 F1 vehicles. Independent automobile repair facilities may have improperly installed certain screw clamps that are located in close proximity to the fuel lines and that fasten the water sleeve to the thermostat connection. The improper installation of these screw clamps may damage the fuel supply pipes. Fluid could leak into the engine compartment, causing smoke and, in some circumstances, a fire, rendering the vehicle inoperable and possibly resulting in a crash. Dealers will install a new fuel divider block, which will serve to provide a greater distance between these screw clamps and the fuel lines. This will eliminate the possibility of any damage to the fuel supply pipes that might cause fluid leakage. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Ferrari at 201-816-2600.

Jaguar is recalling certain model year 2010 vehicles. The fuel transfer pipe in the fuel tank may be kinked. This may restrict fuel being transferred from one side of the fuel tank to the fuel pump causing fuel starvation at low fuel levels. Fuel starvation to the engine can cause the engine to stall without warning and could potentially cause a crash. Dealers will have the fuel tank assembly repaired free of charge. The safety recall began on November 30, 2009. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling model year 2009 550 G-Class vehicles. The fuel line quick connectors located under the vehicle away from the engine compartment may not have been connected properly on the assembly line and completely seated in the connection. In case of a frontal crash, the fuel pump would no longer function but a partial dislocation of the line could lead to a potential for fuel loss from the line at the quick connector. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers will check the connection of the fuel line quick connectors and install a new clamp to assure the quick connectors secure connection. The remedy will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during January 2010. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Mitsubishi is recalling model year 2008-2009 Lancer and Lancer Evolution vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia. In areas where heavy road salt is used in the winter, a long term exposure to a mixture of melted snow with salt thrown up by the other vehicles on the road may cause a water-salt mixture to adhere to the front impact sensors. This coating over time may cause corrosion of the sensor. In the event of a vehicle crash of the type that would deploy the airbags this type of short-circuit may cause a delay in the deployment of the airbags, which could result in driver or passenger injury. Dealers will install new front airbag sensors that have improved corrosion resistance. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on November 27, 2009. Owners may contact Mitsubishi Customer Relations Department at 1-888-648-7820.

Nissan is recalling certain model year 2009 passenger vehicles equipped with Bosch master cylinders. Brake fluid may leak from the master cylinder. If the amount of brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir decreases to below the minimum level, the brake system warning indicator will illuminate as designed and the brakes will not function properly. If the warning lamp is continuously ignored, one of the brake circuits on the vehicle may fail, increasing stopping distances and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the master cylinder brake booster assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Roadtrek is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 class B Roadtrek RSAD, SSAD, RSAF and SSAF motorhomes built on Chrysler Sprinter van chassis. The brake line comes in close proximity to the battery and battery tray and can rub against them. This situation can damage the coating on the brake line and expose the bare steel. Also, battery acid can drip on the brake line. Either of these defects could result in a brake fluid leak, which could cause partial brake failure. This could result in a crash. Dealers will inspect the brake line for adequate clearance between the line and the battery and battery tray. When required they will move the brake line if not compromised. If compromised they will replace the line and install it with adequate clearance. The remedy will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on November 30, 2009. Owners may contact Roadtrek at 1-888-762-3872.

Spartan is recalling 14 Model Year 2005 and 2006 motorhomes manufactured between November 12, 2004 and March 1, 2006, equipped with Caterpillar C15 engine. The variable valve actuation oil line may rub against the p-clips retaining the oil line, causing an oil leak. An oil leak may result in a fire hazard. Spartan is working with Caterpillar to remedy these vehicles. Please see recall 09E-020. Caterpillar will inspect and repair the necessary components free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about December 11, 2009. Owners may contact Caterpillar toll-free at 1-800-447-4986 or Spartan at 1-800-543-4277 - Option 1. Spartan's campaign number is 09025.

Toyota is recalling model year 2000-2003 Tundra vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Excessive corrosion of the rear cross member may cause the separation of the spare tire stowed under the truck bed which would present a road hazard that could cause a crash. Also, corrosion of the rear cross member could affect the rear brake lines and the proportioning valve resulting in diminished braking capability. Separation of the spare tire and diminished brake capacity could increase the risk of a crash. Toyota is asking owners of the affected vehicles to remove the spare tire from under the vehicle until a remedy can be obtained. Dealers will inspect the rear cross member and related components, including the brake lines, and replace them if necessary. If the cross member does not need to be replaced, it will be sprayed with a corrosion protection compound. These services will be performed free of charge, however multiple visits to the dealer may be required. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before December 15, 2009. Owner may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Volvo is recalling model year 2010 XC60 vehicles. The driver's seat side cover panel (seat control panel) in certain driver's side impacts may release the attachment of the seatbelt to the seat frame. Should this condition occur in a crash the seatbelt may fail to properly restrain the occupant increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will modify the inside of the driver's seat side cover panel free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before December 15, 2009. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.

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