August 2, 2002

Honda recalls 1 million cars

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its monthly list of vehicle recalls on July 31st. Among them was a recall by Honda Motor Company of approximately one million cars to replace a defective ignition switch which could fail causing the engine to stall. The cars involved include Civics 1998-2000; Preludes 1997-1999; Accords 1997-1999; Odysseys 1997-1999; CR-V’s 1997-1999; Acura CL’s 1997-1999; and Acura TL’s 1999. Honda dealers will replace the ignition switch.

As well, Honda is recalling approximately 26,000 Acura 3.5RL’s, model years 2000-2002, to clean and replace the brake stop switch which may have been contaminated by lubricating oil.

Nissan is recalling approximately 90,000 Maxima’s, Infiniti I30’s and I35’s to replace the front suspension transverse links because they could break where they are mounted to the frame causing abnormal steering and difficulty controlling the vehicle. The vehicles involved are model year 2001 and 2002 Nissan Maxima, Infiniti I30 and Infiniti I35 built between June 2001 and January 2002.

Hyundai is recalling approximately 42,000 2002 Hyundai Sonata sedans because the side impact air bag sensors may be too sensitive and the airbags may deploy improperly, such as when the door is slammed. Dealers will replace the vehicle’s side air bag satellite sensors.

Daewoo is recalling approximately 57,000 1998-2002 Lanos subcompact cars. In the event of a crash in which the air bags do not deploy, there is a possibility of increased head injury to the front seat passenger from contact with the passenger side air bag cover. Dealers will install new energy absorbing air bag mounting brackets.

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