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"Recall Alerts"

11-17-2003

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 Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2004 Chrysler Sebring and 2004 Dodge Stratus
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse, 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, and 2003 Mitsubishi Galant.
  3. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Pier 1 Imports Announces Recall of Footed Glass Floater Bowl Candleholder
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of 2002 Chevrolet Silverado and 2002 GMC Sierra


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2004 CHRYSLER SEBRING AND 2004 DODGE STRATUS

Summary: certain passenger vehicles, the fuel return line hose fitting on the electric fuel pump may be restricted, causing excessive fuel pressure to build up in the fuel injection system. Excessive fuel pressure may result in the fuel return hose becoming dislodged, resulting in fuel leakage.

Consequence: Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel pump pressure. those vehicles exhibiting higher than normal fuel pump pressure will receive fuel pump modifications. Owner notification is expected to begin during November 2003. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at (800) 992-1997.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V443000. 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 2004 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE, 2004 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SPYDER, AND 2003 MITSUBISHI GALANT.

Summary: On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel return line hose fitting on the electric fuel pump may be restricted, causing excessive fuel pressure to build up in the fuel injection system. Excessive fuel pressure may result in the fuel return hose becoming dislodged, resulting in fuel leakage.

Consequence: Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the fuel pump pressure. those vehicles exhibiting higher than normal fuel pump pressure will receive fuel pump modifications. Owner notification is expected to begin during November 2003. Owners should contact Mitsubishi at (800) 222-0037 or Mitsubishi Caribbean at (800) 981-0452.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V442000. The notice can be viewed at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/


(3) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) AND PIER 1 IMPORTS ANNOUNCES RECALL OF FOOTED GLASS FLOATER BOWL CANDLEHOLDER

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Pier 1 Imports of Fort Worth, Texas, announce recall of about 65,800 glass candleholders. The base of the Footed Glass Floater Bowl candleholder can unexpectedly fall off and cause the glass bowl or base to break, and the broken glass can cause cuts.

The recalled Footed Glass Floater Bowl candleholder is intended for use with floating candles. It is about 5 1/4 inch in height, with a 9 inch diameter bowl and a 2 1/2 inch diameter base. The candleholders were made in China. The price sticker on the bottom of the candleholder reads "SKU 1920833."

Consumers should stop using the candleholder immediately and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or a merchandise credit. For more information, call Pier 1 Imports at (800) 245-4595 (Prompt #5) between 8:30 am and 11:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 11:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Saturday, and between 10:00 am and 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time Sunday. Consumers can also visit the firm's Web site at www.pier1.com.

The CPSC release number is 04-014. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04014.html


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF 2002 CHEVROLET SILVERADO AND 2002 GMC SIERRA

Summary: Some 2WD and 4WD pickup trucks, converted to either dedicated or bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel usage, were assembled with a throttle cable that can contact and rub through the flexible pressurized fuel line creating a pinhole leak of natural gas to the atmosphere.

Consequence: A strong odor of natural gas may be detected from inside the vehicle, possibly accompanied by a hissing noise. if the natural gas were accidentally ignited, serious injury could result.

Remedy: GM has not yet provided a remedy for this campaign. Owner notification is expected to begin during November 2003. owners should contact Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438 or GMC at (866) 996-9463.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Campaign Number is 03V435000. 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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