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"Recall Alerts"

01-07-2002

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall Affecting 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  2. Arctic Cat Recalls all Terrain Vehicles
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall Affecting 1998 Mercedes Benz C Class


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL AFFECTING 2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting potentially 50,200 Jeep Grand Cherokees (2002).

The fuel inlet check valve could stick in the partially open position. This condition could cause fuel to spill out of the filler tube when refueling the fuel tank. Consequently, the fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Consumers should contact their local dealers for inspection of the fuel inlet check valve. Vehicles found to have a sticking fuel inlet check valve will have the fuel tank assembly replaced.

The National Highway Safety Administration Campaign Identification No. is 01V374000. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.


(2) ARCTIC CAT RECALLS ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES

Arctic Cat, Inc. has recalled about 15,500 All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The pressure switch in the braking system leaks fluid. The unexpected loss of fluid can cause the brakes to fail, posing the risk of serious injury or death.

The recalled ATVs come in red and green and have the brand name written on both sides of the ATV. The model names and numbers included in the recall are listed below:

Model No.
Model
A2002ATM4AUSR 2002 ATV 375 2x4 (Green)
A2002ATG2BUSG 2002 ATV 300 4x4 (Green)
A2002ATF4AUSG 2002 ATV 375 2x4 (Red)
A2002ATG2BUSR 2002 ATV 300 4x4 (Red)
A2002ATF4AUSR 2002 ATV 375 4x4 (Green)
A2002ATG4BUSG 2002 400 4x4 (Green)
A2002ATI4AUSG 2002 ATV 375 4x4 (Red)
A2002ATG4BUSR 2002 ATV 400 4x4 (Red)
A2002ATI4AUSR 2002 ATV 500 4x4 (Green)
A2002ATM4BUSG 2002 ATV 500 4x4 (Green)
A2002ATM4AUSG 2002 ATV 500 4x4 (Red)
A2002ATM4BUSR 2002 TBX 500 4x4 (Green)

Consumers can contact their local ATV dealer to get more information about the recall. To locate their local dealer, consumers should call Arctic Cat ATV at (800) 279-9419 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday or log on to the company's website at www.arctic-cat.com.

The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL AFFECTING 1998 MERCEDES BENZ C CLASS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1998 Mercedes Benz C Class. The potential number of automobiles affected are 65,731.

The vehicles involved are passenger vehicles equipped with hoppecke batteries. The current battery maintenance schedule could be less than needed to maintain proper electrolyte levels in these batteries. The result is, due to the low electrolyte levels result in accelerated battery grid growth, increased potential for inter-cell rupture and sparking, and the potential for a battery explosion.

Consumers should have dealers inspect the batteries, including fluid levels. Some batteries may be replaced if necessary, on a case by case basis. In addition to the battery inspection, the addition of labels in the vehicle owner's manual and engine compartment will be included to conspicuously remind owners as well as dealer and service personnel of the need to perform battery maintenance.

The National Highway Safety Administration Campaign Identification No. is 01V366000. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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