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"Recall Alerts"

11-12-2001

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 1999-2001 Ford Winstar Vehicles
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2000-2001 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Cars
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2000-2001 Dodge Ram Vans
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 1999 BMW R1100 S Models Motorcycles
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2000-2001 Audi A8


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 1999-2001 FORD WINSTAR VEHICLES

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 1999-2001 Ford Windstar vehicles.

The defect is on certain minivans, if the auxiliary air conditioning blower motor stops turning while in the medium-low blower speed setting, there is the potential that the resistor may become hot and smoke. The motor could potentially catch on fire.

The remedy is that Dealers will install a jumper wire that will ensure that the medium-low blower speed setting is protected by the thermal limiter. Owners should contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.

The National Highway Safety Administration Recall No. is 01V261. The Ford Recall No. 01S26. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/014/v1034.htm


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2000-2001 FORD, LINCOLN AND MERCURY CARS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 2000-2001 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars.

The models involved are:

Ford Focus Years: 2000-2001
Ford Taurus Years: 2000-2001
Ford Expedition Years: 2000-2001
Ford Excursion Years: 2000-2001
Ford F150/F250/F350/F450/F550/F650 Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Continental Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Town Car Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Navigator Years: 2000-2001
Mercury Sable Years: 2000-2001

The defect is on certain passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and light and medium duty pickup trucks, a switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat, potentially resulting in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke, or ignition of the plastic cover material. Switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom of the windshield.

Remedy: Dealers inspect the date code on the wiper motor. Motors built within the suspect time frame will have the wiper motor gear case cover replaced. Owners should contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.

The National Highway Traffic Administration Recall No. is 01V258. The Ford Recall No. is 01S24. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/014/v1030.htm.


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2000-2001 DODGE RAM VANS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 2000-2001 Dodge Ram Vans.

The defect is on certain vans and wagons not equipped with power front seats, in the presence of road salt, water, and possibly other debris, the power seat connector located beneath the driver's seat could develop a high resistive short circuit that cycles the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker cycles for an extended period of time, heat could build up in the connector, possibly resulting in a fire.

Remedy: Owners are to receive instructions for removing the circuit breaker from the fuse panel. If an owner desires, their dealer can perform the repair. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at (800) 853-1403.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recall No. is 01V253. The DaimlerChrysler Recall No. is 990. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/014/v1024.htm.


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 1999 BMW R1100 S MODELS MOTORCYCLES

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 1999 BMW R1100 S models motorcycles.

The defect is on certain motorcycles, the flexible fuel hose leading from the fuel distributor can chafe against the rigid lines of the fuel feed and the return lines. Continued chafing of the hose can lead to fuel leakage. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the right side flexible hose with a hose that has a braided cover to prevent chafing. Owners should contact BMW at (800) 831-1117, Option #5.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recall No. is 01V272. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/014/v1022.htm.


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2000-2001 AUDI A8

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 2000-2001 Audi A8.

The defect is on certain passenger vehicles equipped with a fuel and vapor leak detection system, a "blind cover" at the filler neck of the fuel tank may not seal properly, allowing fuel vapor to escape. Should this happen, the fuel tank pressure will be reduced, which will activate the leak detection system and alert the driver of a system's fault indicated by an instrument panel light. Fuel vapor leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel filler neck/expansion tank assembly. Owners should contact Audi at (866) 892-2834.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recall No. is 01V259. Th Audi Recall No. is LD. The Announcement can be viewed at http://www.safetyalerts.com/recall/a/014/v1046.htm

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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