January 05, 2006


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Michelin Pilot Sport Tires (Tue, 27 Dec 2005) Certain Michelin Pilot Sport tires, size 255/365ZR20 97Y Extra Load, sold for use as replacement tires and also imported on some Jaguar XJ8 vehicles. All of the affected tires have DOT tire identification numbers that begin with DOT FHPNEFMX and end with the last two digits of 00, 01, 02, 03 or 05. The subject tires may develop a blister in the sidewall. The condition may result in a rapid loss of air pressure, which could lead to a loss of control and vehicle crash.

International Model Year 2005-2007 IC CE and MY 2007 BE school and transit buses (Tue, 20 Dec 2005) Passenger coat strings or carry on items can get caught between the door control bracket and the door control arm as the passenger exits the bus. If the driver is unaware of the situation, the entrance door may be closed, capturing the item in the door. Death or injury could occur to the person exiting the bus. IC will notify its owners and repair all the buses free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 15, 2006.

Suzuki Model Year 2005-2006 VL800 and VZ800 Motorcycles (Mon, 19 Dec 2005) The ignition switch wiring harness may have been improperly routed at the time of production. If the wiring harness is not routed properly, it can rub against the clutch cable/throttle cable. Continued rubbing may eventually lead to a short circuit which may cause the engine to stall or the lights to go out. This will increase the chance of a crash resulting in serious injury or death. Dealers will re-route the ignition switch wiring harness and replace the lock set including the ignition switch along with the clutch cable/throttle cable. The recall is expected to begin on January 6, 2006

Honda Model Year 2006 VT750C Motorcycles (Mon, 19 Dec 2005) A damaged connector in the handlebar mounted headlight switch may cause the headlight to flicker and eventually fail. If riding at night, the sudden loss of headlights could result in a crash. Dealers will install new left and right handle switch assemblies with undamaged connectors free of charge. An interim letter to owners was mailed on December 13, 2005. The recall is expected to begin on January 5, 2006

Eagle Eyes Tail Lights (Sat, 17 Dec 2005) Certain Eagle Eyes tail lights sold as aftermarket for use on 1998-2004 BMW E46 model vehicles. The subject lights were not manufactured to a proper tolerance to fit an automatic system and may cause an electrical fire which fails to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Consequence: personal injury or property damage can occur in the event of an electrical fire.

Toyota Model Year 2006 Lexus IS250 Passenger Vehicles (Fri, 16 Dec 2005) There is a possibility that the accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in the partially depressed position due to inadequate clearance between the accelerator pedal linkage and a plastic pad embedded into the vehicle's carpet. This condition may interfere with the accelerator pedal returning to the idle position, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the clearance of the acceleration pedal and carpet, replace the pedal assembly with a revised assembly, and modify the carpet. The recall is expected to begin in late December 2005

Mercedes-Benz C CLASS Model Year 2005-2006 Passenger Vehicles (Thu, 15 Dec 2005) Certain passenger vehicles equipped with sport model steering wheels fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "occupant crash protection." During NHTSA compliance testing, in low risk deployment testing for 5th percentile female crash test dummy in out-of-position unbelted position test, irregularities were demonstrated indicating that occupants may not be properly protected in a crash. Dealers will install a new air bag inflator module. The recall is expected to begin in March 2006. This recall was the subject of an investigation, PE-208-050405, conducted by the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.

Tripac Auxiliary Power Units (Thu, 15 Dec 2005) All Tripac Auxiliary Power Units (Tripac APU) Tripac Tier 1 (serial number range 023D00A001 to 065D02A022) and Tripac Tier 2 (serial number range 0453TC0001 to 1153TC5116) installed as aftermarket equipment for use on heavy trucks to reduce unnecessary truck idle and conserve diesel fuel. The APU's circuit protection is not adequate to protect against electrical faults in the APU. Inadequate circuit protection could result in the apu overheating and causing a fire.

Triple E RV 2005-2006 Commander, Embassy, Empress and Signature Motor Homes (Mon, 12 Dec 2005) Certain motor homes fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, "Certification." Vehicle seats that do not have a seat belt must have a decal on the seating location that states: "This seat not for occupancy while vehicle is in motion." These labels are missing. In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be properly restrained if using seats which do not have seat belts, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM Model Year 2003-2006 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger, cargo, or cutaway vans (Mon, 12 Dec 2005) The front and rear seat belt buckles will not latch or will not unlatch. A seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will inspect the buckles and, if found to be inoperative, the entire buckle assembly would will be replaced. For buckles found to be operative, dealers will replace only the upper buckle cover. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign.

Kia Model Year 2003-2005 Rio Passenger Vehicles (Fri, 09 Dec 2005) For failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 225, 'Child Restraint Anchorage Systems.' Certain child restraint anchors will not fully latch onto the lower LATCH anchors located between the rear seat back and rear seat cushion because of interference between the child seat anchors and a metal wire located in the frame of the rear seat back. Until the recall repair is completed, follow the instructions provided by your child seats manufacturer on how to properly install the child seat with your vehicle's rear safety belts rather than using the LATCH system. In the event of a vehicle crash, if the child seat is not properly installed, personal injury or death could occur. Dealers will replace the lower anchors. The recall is expected to begin during January 2006. This recall was the subject of an investigation, PE-225-051005, conducted by the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance

Jayco Escapade, Granite Ridge, Greyhawk; Starcraft Ambient 2004-2005 Motor Homes (Fri, 09 Dec 2005) On certain motor homes, the hitch receiver may have missing reinforcing plates. When a load is applied to the hitch, it may become partially detached from the frame if these plates are missing. This condition, if not addressed, could result in a crash, personal injury or death.

DaimlerChrysler Model Year 2006 Dodge Durango Sport Utility Vehicles with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) (Tue, 06 Dec 2005) The ABS control module software program may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions. This could result in a loss of vehicle control and a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will reprogram the ABS control module. The recall is expected to begin on December 12, 2005

Big Dog Motorcycles BDM230 Aftermarket Pillion Pads (Mon, 05 Dec 2005) Certain aftermarket pillion pads, Big Dog Motorcycles P/N BDM230-00195, BDM230-00194, and BDM230-00081, when used on primer-finished motorcycles. The subject pillion pad may be incompatible with the primer paint finish. The suction mounts of these pillion pads may not adequately adhere to this paint finish. This condition could lead to slippage or inability for a passenger to maintain a stable seating position, which could result in a fall from the motorcycle and possibly an injury.

Monaco Coach 2005 Signature Motor Homes (Mon, 05 Dec 2005) On certain Class A motor homes built with Cummins ISX 600 HP enginges, the straps that hold the U-joints onto the rear end and the transmission can loosen. The lock washer on the straps can spread out and allow the mounting bolts to work loose. This can allow the driveline to separate from the transmission and fall off the motor home. Loss of control of the vehicle may occur, which could result in a crash.

GM Model Year 2006 Buick Rainier, Terraza, Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Express, Silverado, SSR, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer, Trailblazer EXT, Uplander, GMC Canyon, Envoy, Savana, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, Hummer H2, H3, Saturn Relay, Isuzu Ascender Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles (Mon, 05 Dec 2005) Fail to conform to the requirements of hte Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, " Tire Selection and Rims." These vehicles were shipped with tire and loading information labels listing an inacccurate vehicle capacity weight. A misprinted label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications or tire inflation which could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners will be provided with corrected labels and installation instructions. At the customerĂ¢??s option, a dealer can install the label for them. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.

Posted by MVHAP at January 5, 2006 10:00 AM