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Monday, May 9, 2011

April 2011 Recalls

DRV is recalling certain model year 2011 Select, Mobile and Elite suite 5th wheel recreational vehicles equipped with ITC 2 wire dimmer switches. The dimmer circuit board overheats during use causing the circuit board and dimmer housing to melt and deform. As the dimmer switch fails, the lights may become inoperable or not work correctly and there may be a noticeable smoke or burning smell. The failure of the dimmer switch will cause the lights to stop dimming and/or working. An overheated switch can also lead to personal injury and/or fire. Dealers will replace the dimmer switches free of charge. The safety recall began on May 3, 2011. Owners may contact DRV at 1-574-457-6472.

Ducati is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Multistrada 1200, and model year 2011, Diavel motorcycles. The electronic steering lock may fail to disengage during the motorcycle "key-on" process. This has been linked directly to a certain revision of the hands free device software. It could result in a situation where the motorcycle's engine might start while the steering lock is still engaged. A rider could start the motorcycle and attempt to ride away while the steering is still locked. The rider could experience the inability to steer increasing the risk of low speed tip-over or collision, thus increasing the potential for injury to the rider. The dealer will update the software of the hands free control unit free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696.

Ford is recalling certain model year 2011 E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 trucks for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, "Seating Systems." It may be possible that under unusually high loads, such as during a crash, the driver power seat track worm gear may fracture. In the event of a crash or other circumstances of severe loading, the worm gear could fracture and allow the seat to shift unrestrained forward or backward increasing the risk and/or severity of injuries to the driver. Dealers will inspect the driver's seat track assembly, and if necessary, replace it free of charge. The safety recall began on May 2, 2011. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 11C16.

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2011 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles. During manufacturing the steering wheel could have been improperly fastened and may detach from the steering column. Should the steering wheel detach from the steering column while driving, the driver could lose the ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect to ensure that the steering wheel is assembled properly. This service will be performed for you free of charge. The safety recall began on April 7, 2011. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, or at the owner center at www.gmownercenter.com. GM's recall campaign number is 11094.

Honda is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Honda Accord, and Civic 2-door and 4-door, model year 2002-2003 CR-V, model year 2002 Odyssey, model year 2003 Acura CL, and model year 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles. This recall is related to a series of recalls on these vehicles in which Honda is replacing the inflators within the driver's side air bag to address a defective condition. This recall addresses approximately 2,430 air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts in the event, for one example, a covered vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the driver's air bag, and the replacement air bag installed was one that may have contained a defective inflator. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's air bag, the inflator could produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and injuring the driver or other occupants. Owners of all vehicles on which a replacement service air bag may have been installed will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 27, 2011. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. This safety recall campaign is related to recalls 08V-593, 09V-259, and 10V-041.

Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2010 Tucson vehicles manufactured from February 27, 2010, through April 17, 2010, for failing to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment," for the photometry requirements of the rear reflector assemblies installed in the rear bumpers. This could lead to reduced visibility of the rear of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the rear reflector assemblies, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Hyundai's Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.

Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2010 Santa Fe 2WD vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and 2.4L engines manufactured from October 15, 2009 through March 5, 2010. The intermediate shaft may suffer from noise and excessive wear due to a misalignment of the intermediate shaft with the right side output gear. Continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition leads to the development of a whirring/whining noise and can eventually cause damage to the automatic transmission. Damage to the transmission may cause loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the right side output gear and intermediate shaft free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Hyundai's Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-633-5151.

Jayco is recalling certain model year 2011 Eagle, Super Lite and Jay Flight G2 travel trailers manufactured from December 9, 2010, through February 11, 2011. These trailers may have cracked bolts attaching the leveling jacks to the trailer frame. If all of the bolts break, it could result in the jack coming loose from the frame. If the jack comes loose while the vehicle is in motion a crash, injury or death may result. Dealers will replace the fasteners attaching the leveling jacks to the frame with more robust fasteners. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

Kentucky Trailer is recalling certain model year 2011 KY trailers that were built from October 26, 2010, through March 17, 2011, equipped with Gunite automatic slack adjusters manufactured from October 15, 2010, through January 31, 2011. Due to an incomplete "knitting" of the iron at the time of casting, inadequate structural integrity of the slack adjuster housing can occur, which could cause the housing to break at the handle under normal operating loads. If the slack adjuster housing were to break, the wheel brake to which the slack adjuster is attached would no longer function, causing the vehicle to have reduced braking capacity and, if mounted on the steer axle, the vehicle could pull to one side, possibly resulting in a crash. Kentucky Trailers will notify owners and dealers will replace any affected slack adjusters free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Kentucky Trailer at 1-888-598-7245.

Kia is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Spectra LD vehicles manufactured from November 7, 2003, through March 6, 2007, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. There is a possibility that corrosion of the fuel tank straps that hold the tank may occur as a result of prolonged exposure to road salt. As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may separate allowing the fuel tank to contact the ground and possibly disrupt the integrity of the tank. The fuel tank can fall from the vehicle and strike the ground, which could cause a fuel leak. Leaking fuel can create a fire hazard. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with new zinc coated parts. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Kia is recalling certain model year 2011 Sorento 2WD vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions and 2.4L engines manufactured from the start of production through May 22, 2010. The intermediate shaft may suffer from noise and excessive wear due to a misalignment of the intermediate shaft with the right side output gear. Continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition leads to the development of a whirring/whining noise and can eventually cause damage to the automatic transmission. Damage to the transmission may cause loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the right side output gear and intermediate shaft free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2011 E-class model W212 and S212 vehicles manufactured from July 8, 2010, through July 12, 2010. Insufficient adhesive between the vibration damper and its inner mass damper ring could cause a sudden separation of the inner mass damper ring from the vibration damper. While working in the engine compartment during engine operation, the damper ring could strike and injure the person repairing the vehicle or a bystander. Dealers will inspect and replace parts as necessary free of charge. The safety recall began on April 8, 2011. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

MV Agusta is recalling certain model year 2010 F4 motorcycles for the rear subframe. The upper fixture points may not be sufficiently robust, which may result in the subframe cracking and failing, local to the fixture points, during use. The stability of a rider and passenger could be compromised, thereby causing the risk of a crash. A reinforcement support kit for the rear subframe will be installed by dealers free of charge. The safety recall began during April 2011. Owners may contact MV Agusta at 1-215-830-3300.

Newmar is recalling certain recreational vehicles equipped with 1200 series Norcold refrigerators. The population of refrigerators being addressed contains either a sensing algorithm or thermal switch to shut off power to the refrigerator when high temperatures are detected in order to prevent a potential fire. The response times of the sensor algorithm and thermal switch devices to stop power are not sufficient. The sensing algorithm or thermal switch installed to shut off power to the refrigerator when high temperatures are detected due to a possible hydrogen gas leak may not shut off in sufficient time to prevent a fire. Newmar is working with Norcold to identify and notify any affected owners. Owners will be instructed to contact Norcold dealers to receive the remedy free of charge. Please see Norcold's defect report 10E-049 for additional information. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Norcold at 1-800-767-9101.

Nissan is recalling certain model year 1996-2004 Pathfinder and Model Year 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin. In areas of the country in which heavy concentrations of road salt are used, a mixture of snow/water and salt may enter an assembly location hole in the upper strut housing, causing water to collect at the mating surface of the strut housing panel and the inner hood ledge assembly. Over time, this snow/water and salt intrusion may result in corrosion of the strut tower housing in some subject vehicles. The strut housing may crack and pull away from the inner hood ledge assembly. This may lead to grinding noises, increased steering effort, and possibly the steering column to break, resulting in the loss of steering control, which could result in a crash. Nissan will inspect the strut housing and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. An interim notification letter to owners will be mailed on or before May 16, 2011. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Starcraft is recalling certain model year 2011 Autumn Ridge AR-One, Autumn Ridge, and Lexion S-Lite travel trailers manufactured between October 29, 2010, and January 27, 2011. These trailers may have cracked bolts attaching the leveling jacks to the trailer frame. If all of the bolts break, it could result in the jack coming loose from the frame. If the jack comes loose while the vehicle is in motion a crash, injury or death may result. Dealers will replace the fasteners attaching the leveling jacks to the frame with more robust fasteners. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Starcraft at 1-800-945-4787.

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Outlaw and model year 2011 Avanti motor homes manufactured from August 2007, through November 2010. The stop lamps may be intermittent during light brake applications. The stop lamps may not properly indicate that the service brakes are applied which may lead to a crash without warning. TMC will notify owners and repairs will be performed by Daimler Trucks (DTNA) dealerships free of charge. (See DTNA's recall campaign 10V-178.) Notification to owners by DTNA is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712.

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2011 Tundra vehicles equipped with a 3-Joint type propeller shaft. Due to improper casting of the slip yokes, there is a possibility that the slip yoke may break, causing the propeller shaft to separate at the joint and come into contact with the road surface. The driver could experience loss of motive power and vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners and inspect the propeller shaft and, if necessary, replace it free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during May 2011. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, and model year 2007-2008 RAV4. In the curtain shield airbag (CSA) system, there are two sensors in the airbag sensor assembly which are designed to detect vehicle roll angle. If one of these sensors malfunctions, the airbag warning light (malfunction indicator light: mil) will illuminate and the roll detection system will be suspended; however, the airbag CSA remains available in the event of a side crash. If both sensors fail nearly simultaneously after initial airbag system check, the CSA and the seat belt pretensioner could be inadvertently activated. Inadvertent activation of the CSA and/or the seat belt pretensioner can cause injury to a vehicle occupant. Toyota will replace the airbag sensor assembly with a new one containing improved roll rate sensors, free of charge. Toyota intends to send an interim owner notification to owners early to mid-May 2011 when sufficient parts and remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Vermeer is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 BC1200XL single axle brush chipper trailers manufactured from July 24, 2009, through February 14, 2011. During the assembly process the incorrect lug nuts were installed on wheels for the 285/75/R16 flotation tire option. These incorrect lug nuts may loosen, since the lug nuts do not match the countersink holes in the wheel disc. Loose lug nuts can damage the wheel disc and result in wheel separation from the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the lug nuts free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 1, 2011. Owners may contact Vermeer at 1-641-628-3141.

Webasto Product North America, Inc. (Webasto) is recalling certain Hollandia 700 and 600 series and Hollandia TVS 900 series sunroofs installed as original equipment by Erickson Auto Trim on various passenger vehicles. The adhesive bond between the glass and the metal frame can debond increasing the risk that the sunroof glass would separate from the vehicle. Complete glass-to-frame debonding can develop gradually and may be evidenced by metal corrosion around the sunroof frame, wind noise, vibration, visual bond separation and/or water leakage. In the event of a separation, the falling glass could create a road hazard or strike a trailing vehicle, and cause a crash. Webasto, the manufacturer of the sunroofs, will be performing the safety recall campaign. Owners who have been identified as having an affected sunroof installed in their vehicle will receive a safety recall notice from Webasto. The safety recall began on October 8, 2010. In order to determine if your vehicle is affected, please review the list of vehicles provided to us by Erickson Auto Trim by clicking on the hyperlink affected vehicle list or you may visit Webasto's website at http://www.sunroofcheck. You can also call Webasto toll-free at 1-888-749-8632.

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