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"Recall Alerts"

06-11-2012

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

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. NHTSA recalls WESTERN STAR/4900


(1) NHTSA RECALLS WESTERN STAR/4900

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Report Date : June 11, 2012

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 12V235000
Vehicle Make / Model: WESTERN STAR / 4900

Model Year(s): 2009

Manufacturer: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA

Mfr's Report Date: MAY 22, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V235000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES

Potential Number of Units Affected: 12

Summary:

DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA (DTNA) IS RECALLING 12 MY 2009 WESTERN STAR 4900 TRUCKS BUILT WITH DD15 ENGINES. A NEW FORWARD CAB CROSSMEMBER DESIGN REDUCED CLEARANCE FOR CAB MOUNTED BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH POWER CABLES ON STANDARD CAB HEIGHT VEHICLES. DURING CAB ARTICULATION, THE NEW CROSSMEMBER MAY PINCH POWER CABLES AGAINST THE CAB.

Consequence:

CABLES THAT BECOME PINCHED BETWEEN THE CAB AND FORWARD CAB CROSSMEMBER COULD SHORT TO GROUND AND POTENTIALLY OVERHEAT RESULTING IN A VEHICLE FIRE AND INJURY TO VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.

Remedy:

DTNA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE CABLES AND REINSTALL THEM IN A NEW SAFE LOCATION. DAMAGED CABLES WILL BE REPLACED. BOTH WILL BE DONE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 22, 2012. THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF RECALL 09V-226. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLER TRUCKS TOLL FREE AT 1-800-547-0712.

Notes:

THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF SAFETY RECALL 09V226. DAIMLER TRUCKS RECALL NO. FL-551. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATIONíS VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

To see this recall, please go to: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=12V235&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=email

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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