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"Recall Alerts"

12-02-2005

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 Aprilia Fuel Hoses
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Nissan Vehicles
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Mack Trucks
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Volvo Vehicles
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Thor Trailers
  6. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Publishes Recall of Winnebago Recreational Vehicles


(1) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF APRILIA FUEL HOSES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
APRILIA / ETV MILLE CAPONORD 2002-2004
APRILIA / RST 1000 FUTURA 2000-2004

Manufacturer : APRILIA USA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V506000

Mfg's Report Date : OCT 31, 2005

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1310

Summary: ON CERTAIN MOTORCYCLES, THE FUEL LINE QUICK CONNECTORS MAY BREAK IF CARE IS NOT USED WHEN REMOVING THE FUEL TANK AT THE TIME OF SERVICE.

Consequence: THIS COULD RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE QUICK CONNECTORS ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT APRILIA AT 770-592-2261.


(2) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF NISSAN VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
NISSAN / MAXIMA 2004-2006

Manufacturer : NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V512000

Mfg's Report Date : NOV 03, 2005

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 102551

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE DRIVER PREFERRED PACKAGE, THE WIRE HARNESS FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT POWER LUMBAR SUPPORT SWITCH MAY BE ROUTED INCORRECTLY AND COULD BE PINCHED UNDER THE DRIVER SEAT.

Consequence: A PINCHED HARNESS, IN COMBINATION WITH DRIVING VIBRATION, MAY RESULT IN A SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE HARNESS THAT COULD LEAD TO A FIRE IN THE SEAT.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIRE HARNESS AND ROUTE IT CORRECTLY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON DECEMBER 15, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.


(3) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF MACK TRUCKS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
MACK / LE MACK / MR
2004-2006 2004-2006

Manufacturer : MACK TRUCKS, INC

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V524000

Mfg's Report Date : NOV 10, 2005

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4482

Summary: ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, THE BOLTS ATTACHING THE FUEL TANK MOUNTING BRACKETS TO THE FRAME MAY HAVE INSUFFICIENT TORQUE AND THEREFORE MAY RESULT IN PREMATURE FAILURE OF THE FUEL TANK MOUNTING.

Consequence: IF THE FUEL TANK FALLS, THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR THE TANK TO IGNITE, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY, VEHICLE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE FUEL TANK BRACKET MOUNTING BOLTS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON JANUARY 3, 2006. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT MACK TRUCKS AT 1-800-528-6586.


(4) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF VOLVO VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
VOLVO / S80 2005
VOLVO / XC90 2005

Manufacturer : VOLVO CARS OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V529000

Mfg's Report Date : NOV 16, 2005

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY:SOLENOID Potential

Number Of Units Affected : 10259

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO AN ERROR IN THE FACTORY ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTION, THE B+TERMINAL MAY BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID. IF THIS OCCURS, THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE B+TERMINAL AND THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID MAY DEVELOP INTO A SHORT CIRCUIT OF THE BATTERY CABLE TO GROUND.

Consequence: SMOKE MAY APPEAR FROM UNDER THE HOOD AND IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO START THE CAR. IF THE SHORT CIRCUIT HAPPENS DURING DRIVING, ELECTRICAL POWER COULD BE LOST RESULTING IN THE WARNING LAMPS BEING DEACTIVATED. AN ELECTRICAL SHORT COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INCREASE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE B+TERMINAL AND THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID BY ADJUSTING THE TERMINAL. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY DECEMBER. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.


(5) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF THOR TRAILERS

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
THOR / TAHOE 36WTB 2005
THOR / TAHOE 39WTB 2005
THOR / WONDERER 365WTB 2005

Manufacturer : THOR CALIFORNIA INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V531000

Mfg's Report Date : NOV 02, 2005

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 387

Summary: ON CERTAIN FIFTH WHEEL TRAILERS, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF OVERLOADING THE SLIDEOUT RESETTABLE CIRCUIT BREAKER AND THE SLIDEOUT CONTROL SWITCH.

Consequence: THE SLIDEOUT CONTROL SWITCH MAY FAIL UNDER HIGH CURRENT LOADS, AND OVERHEAT POSSIBLY CAUSING A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SLIDEOUT CONTROL SWITCH AND REPLACE THE SLIDEOUT RESETTABLE CIRCUIT BREAKER WITH A SLOW BLOW, CERAMIC CARTRIDGE FUSE AND FUSE HOLDER ASSEMBLY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 22, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT THOR AT 888-697-8467.


(6) NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) PUBLISHES RECALL OF WINNEBAGO RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

Make / Models: Model/Build Years:
ITASCA / SUNOVA 2006
WINNEBAGO / SIGHTSEER2006

Manufacturer : WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 05V532000

Mfg's Report Date : NOV 04, 2005

Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE:LPG LINES AND FITTINGS

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 342

Summary: ON CERTAIN MOTOR HOMES WITH THE OPTIONAL GALLEY UPGRADE PACKAGE, KNIVES STORED IN THE GALLEY KNIFE HOLDER MAY INTERFERE WITH THE PROPANE GAS LINE TO THE STOVE.

Consequence: THE KNIVES COULD DAMAGE THE PROPANE GAS LINE ALLOWING PROPANE GAS TO ESCAPE, WHICH HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IGNITE, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR VEHICLE PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL PROPERLY ROUTE THE PROPANE GAS LINE AND INSTALL A KNIFE SHIELD. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 25, 2005. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 641-585-6939.

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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