January 1, 2004

Tis the season for recalls

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Safety Administration released its monthly list of vehicle recall announcements yesterday. Among them, Jeep is recalling 336,000 Libertys, model years 2002 to 2003, to replace the front lower control arm ball joints which may separate from the steering knuckle. DaimlerChrysler is also recalling 9,579 Pacificas, model year 2004, to fix a fuel line that may separate resulting in a fuel leak. As well, the company is recalling 4,907 Chrysler Sebrings to check for a restricted fuel line hose.

Ford is reporting that 671,000 Focus models, model years 2000 to 2001, may have contamination in the fuel delivery module which might block fuel to the engine. 257,119 Windstar minivans, model years 2001 to 2003, may have faulty folding seat latches. And 23,996 Freestar minivans, model year 2004, are being recalled to inspect the power steering low-pressure line to ensure that it is seated properly at the rack and pinion steering gear and won’t leak. 4,218 Ford Crown Victoria models with natural gas storage tanks are being recalled to install a new insulator between the fuel tank and the rear seat.

General Motors is recalling 95,690 Buick Park Avenues, model years 1998 to 1999, to install new fuel pressure regulators with improved diaphragms to prevent fuel leaks. And 79 Buick Rendezvous and Pontiac Aztek models, model year 2004, are being recalled to check a potentially faulty weld between the fuel tank inlet check valve and the fuel tank.

Nissan is recalling 276,000 Sentras, model years 2000 to 2003, to fix a potentially faulty Electronic Control Module box. And Infiniti is recalling 24,300 FX35 and FX45s, model year 2003, to tighten the front brake caliper mounting bolts.

Mitsubishi has identified a fuel line problem on 11,896 Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder models, model year 2004, and Galant sedans, model year 2003, that could create excessive pressure in the fuel pump and cause a fuel leak.

Volvo is recalling 36,000 S40s, model year 2000, to replace the brake vacuum pump which could fail and cause a loss of power assist. As well, 2,586 XC90s, model year 2004, may have faulty front wheel speed sensors which could adversely affect a number of vehicle functions, including brake, engine, transmission, and torque distribution control, which relay on this signal for proper operation. The sensors will be replaced.

Finally, BMW is recalling 350 X5s, model year 2004, to tighten potentially loose bolts that hold the front differential, the right output shaft housing flange, and the right engine support.

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