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"Recall Alerts"

09-15-2003

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 Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Pioneer Car Amplifier
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2002 2003 Cadillac Deville, Cadillac Seville, Oldsmobile Aurora and Pontiac Bonneville
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2004 Volkswagen Touareg


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF PIONEER CAR AMPLIFIER

Summary: Pioneer Entertainment, Inc. model Pioneer Car Amplifier has a potential installation defect. In installation of certain after market car amplifiers, Model Nos. GM-X372, GM-X374, GM-X572, GM-X574, GM-X972, and GM-D500M, is in a manner other than as recommended by Pioneer, it could result in the amplifier overheating while in use.

Consequence: Overheating of this equipment could result in a fire.

Remedy: Pioneer will provide a refund to the owners of these amplifiers. The manufactured has reported that owner notification began on July 9, 2003. Owners should contact Pioneer at 1-800-421-1636.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03E035000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2002 2003 CADILLAC DEVILLE, CADILLAC SEVILLE, OLDSMOBILE AURORA AND PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

Summary: On certain Cadillac passenger vehicles, funeral coaches, and limousines equipped with a V8 (4.6L) engine, Oldsmobile Aurora vehicles equipped with a V8 (4.0L ) engine, and Pontiac Bonneville SSEi vehicles equipped with a supercharged V6 (3.8L) engine, the fuel tank pressure sensors are unusually susceptible to malfunctions. If the sensor malfunctions, excessive vacuum can be applied during self-diagnostic testing.

Consequence: Fuel system components can be damaged and fuel can leak from the vehicle when it is refueled. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel tank pressure sensor. Owner notification is expected to begin during the latter part of 2003. Owners should contact Cadillac at (866) 982-2339; Oldsmobile at (800) 630-6537; or Pontiac at (800) 620-7668.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V238000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2004 VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG

Summary: On certain sport utility vehicles, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) wiring harness may have been improperly routed during assembly. An improperly routed TPMS wiring harness may contact the parking brake cable spring.

Consequence: If this happens, the TPMS wiring circuit could be interrupted, resulting in an inoperative TPMS. This can cause a short-to-ground condition that could potentially result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the TPMS wiring harness routing and, if necessary, correct the wiring harness routing. Owner notification is expected to begin during august 2003. Owners should contact VWOA at (800) 893-5298.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V266000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/

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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