January 29, 2007


Chevrolet Cobalt 2005-2006 Passenger Vehicles (Tue, 16 Jan 2007) Certain passenger vehicles not equipped with optional roof-mounted side impact air bags fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, 'Occupant protection in interior impact.' In a crash, head impact protection may be inadequate.

TYC 20-6361-00, 20-6362-00 Headlamp Assemblies for 2003-2006 Honda Accord (Tue, 09 Jan 2007) Certain TYC headlamp assemblies P/NS 20-6361-00 and 20-6362-00 sold as aftermarket equipment for 2003-2006 Honda Accord passenger vehicles. The photmetric were misaligned which does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Misalignment of the lights deminishes frontal illumination which could result in a vehicle crash.

Jobar JB4560 Heated Ice Scrapers (Mon, 08 Jan 2007) Certain Technobrands rechargeable heated ice scrapers, model JB4560, sold as aftermarket equipment for use in motor vehicles. These units may overheat and melt the plastic casting. An overheating unit left unattended could result in a fire.

Fleetwood Prowler Regal, Terry Quantum, Wilderness Advantage 2006 Fifth Wheel Trailers (Thu, 04 Jan 2007) Certain fifth wheel travel trailers fail to comply with the requirements of part 567, 'certification.' The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is incorrect. A misprinted label could lead to improper vehicle loading or tire inflation which could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda Accord 2004-2005 Vehicles (Tue, 02 Jan 2007) On certain vehicles, the seat position sensor (SPS) detects the driver's seating position and adjusts the air bag inflation pressure accordingly. The wiring harness for the SPS was attached to the seat frame in the wrong location and may have been over tightened. The sensor wire may break and cause the air bag warning light to be illuminated, and the SPS to fail. A failure of the SPS causes the air bag system to default to full inflation pressure, regardless of the seat position. Full deployment of the driver's air bag can increase the risk of injury for smaller drivers in a frontal crash.

Kawasaki EX250F18L, EX250F19, EX250F19L, EX250F6F, EX250F6FL, EX250F7F, EX250F7FL 2004-2007 Ninja Motorcycles (Tue, 02 Jan 2007) On certain Ninja motorcycles, the fuel tank may have been punctured or weakened by a fairing mounting screw or manufacturing operation. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Jayco Seneca 2005-2007 Motor Homes (Tue, 02 Jan 2007) On certain motor homes, the distance from the rear cap to the hitch receiver encourages the use of longer ball mounts and/or extensions. The longer the ball mount and/or extensions used, the greater the forces that are applied to the fasteners that attach the hitch to the main chassis rails. These increased forces exceed the allowable forces permitted in the fasteners. When this happens, the fasteners may stretch, loosen, or break causing an unsafe towing condition or separation of the hitch from the motor home. This could result in separation of the towed vehicle from the motor home which could result in a crash, injury or death.

Vance Leathers All Black/HC2101, Black Eagle/HC2108, Black Flame/HC2106, Black Race Day/HC2107, Boneyard Blue/HC2104, Boneyard Burgundy/HC2103, Boneyard Silver/HC2105, Chrome Flame/HC2102, Double Eagle/HC2109 Motorcycle Helmets (Wed, 27 Dec 2006) Certain Vance Leathers brand motorcycle helmets sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, fail to conform to the chin strap stitching requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No 218, motorcycle helmets. In the event of a crash, the chin strap could fail causing the helmet to separate from the wearer, possibly resulting in serious injury.

Chrysler Sebring 2007 Vehicles (Fri, 22 Dec 2006) On certain vehicles equipped with automatic temperature control (ATC) only, the software programmed into the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) module may cause the windshield defrosting and defogging functions to become inoperative. This can decrease the driver's visibility under certain driving conditions and result in a crash without warning.

Chrysler 300, Sebring; Dodge Caliber, Charger, Magnum, Nitro; Jeep Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Wrangler 2007 Vehicles (Fri, 22 Dec 2006) On certain vehicles, the antilock brake system (ABS) control module software may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions. This could result in a loss of vehicle control and cause a crash without warning.

Newell 2003-2005 Motor Homes (Fri, 22 Dec 2006) On certain motor homes, the steering box mounting bolts may not have been properly tightened during production process. Excessive play in the steering and possible separation of the steering box could occur, resulting in loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Mercedes Benz M-Class, R-Class 2007 Vehicles (Fri, 21 Dec 2006) On certain vehicles, the accelerator pedal might not have been fully fastened to its mounting studs. Over time, the pedal may not maintain a consistent pedal position, which could make it more difficult to operate the accelerator.

Dutchmen / T@B 2003-2006 Recreational Trailers (Thu, 21 Dec 2006) On certain recreational trailers, a furnace vent was not installed. The lack of an exhaust vent allows furnace combustion products containing carbon monoxide fumes to vent into the trailer. This could result in serious injury or death to the occupants of the trailer.

2004 - 2007 Toyota Sequoias, 2004 - 2006 Toyota Tundras (Thu, 18 Dec 2007) On certain trucks and mini vans, due to possible improper finishing of the front suspension lower ball joint, some ball joints may experience an incidental deterioration of the internal lubrication. This may cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely, which could result in increased steering effort, reduced vehicle self-centering, and noise in the front suspension. In extreme cases, if the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle and could cause a loss of vehicle control.

Delta Esteem Touring, Majectic A/S; National XT Renegade Tires (Fri, 15 Dec 2006) Certain Del-Nat tires of various models listed above manufactured between August 6 and August 19, 2006 (DOT serial weeks 3206 and 3306.) Some of the subject tires may have been produced with non-conforming belt wire coat stock. If placed in service, the subject tires may develop a belt separation due to a reduced ability to prevent corrosion of the steel wires in an instance where moisture reaches the steel belt. A belt separation could result in a vehicle crash.

Posted by MVHAP at January 29, 2007 01:38 PM