May 2, 2006

Transport Canada issues latest recalls

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has issued its latest recalls, which may affect some Nissan, Volvo, Honda, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Ford, Mazda, and General Motors vehicles.

2005-2006 Nissan Frontier
Vehicles affected: 1,656

On certain King Cab vehicles, a severe side impact crash could create a relative displacement between the fuel filler cap and filler door, which may stretch the filler cap tether to the point of unscrewing the cap off. This may result in fuel spillage. Dealers will install a modified fuel cap tether/pin assembly.

1998 Volvo 850
2001-2005 Volvo S40
2001-2004 Volvo V40
2005-2006 Volvo V50
2000-2006 Volvo V70
2001-2006 Volvo XC70
2003-2006 Volvo XC90
Vehicles affected: 14,000

Certain vehicles equipped with integrated child booster cushions were incorrectly labelled during vehicle assembly. The label indicates that the cushion can be used for children weighing between 15 and 36 kg (33 and 80 lbs); CMVSS 213 states that the minimum weight for use must be 18 kg (40 lb). Should an underweight child be placed in the booster cushion and the vehicle is involved in a crash, the child may have a greater risk of injury. Volvo will send a letter to owners explaining the problem and will supply an updated weight limit decal.

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Vehicles affected: 2,171

The dealer-installed accessory trailer wiring harness includes a circuit to provide for backup lights if present on a trailer. When installed, and the ignition key is turned to the accessory position, the electronic display in the instrument panel indicates the actual position of the gearshift selector, and also illuminates the reverse position indicator. If the reverse position is selected, only the reverse position indicator will be lighted. The actual function of the transmission and trailer lights will not be affected. The engine will always be off and the gearshift cannot be moved from Park when the ignition switch is in the accessory position. Since this does not pose any safety risk, no corrective action is required.

2006 Lexus GS 300
Vehicles affected: 1

This vehicle may contain inadequate side airbag inflators, which were produced with an insufficient amount of the heating agents which apply heat to the argon gas in the inflator. Dealer will replace the side airbag module.

2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Vehicles affected: 689

On certain vehicles, the starter wiring harness may have been routed incorrectly and could chafe. Over time, such chafing could wear through the protective sleeve and cause an electrical short. Dealers will inspect and reroute the harness.

2006 Buick Lucerne
2006 Cadillac DTS
Vehicles affected: 833

On certain vehicles, the power steering pressure hose may separate at one of the crimps, causing a leak. Dealers will replace the power steering pressure hose.

2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Vehicles affected: 108

On certain vehicles, the nuts used to anchor the seatbelt buckles of the second-row seat may not have been manufactured correctly, and the screw threads may be missing. The seatbelt buckles could separate from the seat assembly during a vehicle crash. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the second-row seats.

2006 Lexus GS 300
2006 Lexus GS 300 AWD
2006 Lexus GS 430
2006 Lexus IS 250
2006 Lexus IS 250 AWD
2006 Lexus IS 350
Vehicles affected: 1,328

On certain vehicles, the front seatbelt retractors may contain an inappropriately-sized part for the emergency locking system, which may prevent the locking system from releasing when it is activated. If the seatbelt is locked in this condition, the occupant may either not fasten the belt, or be inadequately restrained. Dealers will replace the front seatbelt assemblies.

1998-2000 Ford Explorer 2-door
1998-2001 Ford Explorer 4-door
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Vehicles affected: 368

On certain vehicles, the upper bolt on the driver’s high-back seat that attaches the seat recliner mechanism to the seatback frame could fracture. If this happens, the seatback may recline until it makes contact with an object behind the seat, such as the second row seat cushion. The occupant could potentially lose contact with the steering wheel or foot pedals during such an event. Dealers will replace the driver’s seat upper bolt.

2003-2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Vehicles affected: 831

On certain vehicles, the accelerator pedal may come into contact with floor carpeting during heavy throttle application. This may prevent the pedal from returning to the idle position when released. Dealers will install a bracket over the cut-out in the carpet behind the accelerator pedal.

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Vehicles affected: 126

On certain vehicles, the bolt attaching the horn assembly to the steering wheel hub may fail during airbag deployment in extremely low ambient temperature. Should this occur, the horn assembly may come loose and injure the occupants. Dealers will replace the driver’s side front airbag module.

2005-2006 Land Rover Discovery LR3
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Vehicles affected: 2,296

Certain vehicles do not comply with the requirements of CMVSS 114; when the ignition is switched off, after a period of time, it is possible to remove the ignition key when the transmission shift lever is not in Park. Dealers will reprogram the Driveline Control Unit.

2005 Cadillac SRX
2005 Cadillac STS
Vehicles affected: 613

On certain vehicles, an inadequate weld could cause the left or right rear suspension toe link assembly to separate. If this were to occur, the affected rear wheel would be able to turn in or out. Dealers will inspect and, if required, replace the left and right toe link assemblies.

2004 Chevrolet Colorado
2004 GMC Canyon
Vehicles affected: 48

Certain vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of CMVSS 101 and 108; the Body Control Module (BCM) was programmed incorrectly during vehicle assembly. The program resulted in an odometer reading of miles per hour, rather than kilometres per hour. It also allowed the daytime running lamps to be manually turned off. Dealers will inspect for correct calibration and, if required, reprogram the BCM.

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