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"Recall Alerts"

03-17-2003

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 Admission (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 1998 GM Explorer Chevrolet Astro
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Admission (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2003 GM Yukon XL, Suburban and Avalanche
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Admission (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Indian Motorcycles


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMISSION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 1998 GM EXPLORER CHEVROLET ASTRO

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of 1998 GM Explorer Chevrolet Astro equipped with running boards. The running boards are equipped with a courtesy light, which when exposed to excessive moisture and road salt, may result in a high resistance arc occurring in the wiring. When this occurs, the light wires can overheat to the point where they may melt the running board. This could lead to a fire.

Consumers should take their vehicles to an authorized dealer for replacement. Consumers can also contact Explorer Van at (800) 926-7878.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V016000. The notice can be viewed at can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMISSION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2003 GM YUKON XL, SUBURBAN AND AVALANCHE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of 2003 GM Yukon XL, Suburban and Avalanche due to a defect in the gasoline storage tank assembly. On certain vehicles, during a 30 degree left angle frontal impact of sufficient severity, a tear could develop in the mid-frame cross member at its attachment to the left frame rail. If the mid-frame cross member tears during frontal impact and produces a sharp edge, contact of the sharp edge with the fuel tank could result in a puncture of the fuel tank and possible fuel leakage. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Consumers should take their vehicles to an authorized dealer for installation of a tank shield. Consumers can also contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 or GMC at (800) 462-8782.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V019000. The notice can be viewed at can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMISSION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF INDIAN MOTORCYCLES

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of Indian Motorcycles equipped with compufire brand series type voltage regulators. If these regulators are damaged, the voltage regulator can become stuck in an open mode that allows battery voltage to flow back through the regulator. This can cause the regulator to catch on fire.

Consumers should take their motorcycles to an authorized dealer for inspection and if necessary, replace the regulator. Consumers can also contact Indian Motorcycle at (888) 899-2997.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V039000. The notice can be viewed at can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm

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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