June 16, 2006

Transport Canada issues latest recalls

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has released its latest recalls, which may affect some Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jeep vehicles.

2004-2006 Toyota Prius
Vehicles affected: 4,141

On certain vehicles, there is a possibility that the connection at the intermediate shaft, or at the intermediate extension shaft, may become loose, or the intermediate shaft sleeve may develop a crack under certain operating conditions. If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the connection may separate or the shaft sleeve may fracture, which could result in the loss of steering control. Toyota dealers will replace the steering intermediate shaft. In addition, the dealer will inspect the sliding yoke and intermediate extension shaft, and replace them if necessary.

2006 Mercedes-Benz B200
2006 Mercedes-Benz B200T

Vehicles affected: 903

The owner’s manuals in certain vehicles contain incorrect rear seat belt operating instructions regarding fastening child restraints. In May 2006, owners of all affected vehicles were notified in writing of the correct procedures on how to secure child restraint systems.

2006 BMW 5-Series
2006 BMW 6-Series
2006 BMW 7-Series

Vehicles affected: 914

In certain vehicles, the lower rubber bushing may not have been vulcanized to specifications during manufacture. Depending on the vehicle operation and temperature conditions, this could lead to a loosening of the bushing within its shock absorber housing. Eventually the bushing could separate from its housing, affecting vehicle handling and control. Dealers will replace the rear struts.

2003-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Vehicles affected: 5,800

In certain vehicles, the front seat electric heating element may overheat, with the potential for a fire under certain operating conditions. Dealers will replace the heated seat elements with new elements that feed back temperature to the existing control module, to regulate the heat.

2000-2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Vehicles affected: 4,600

In certain vehicles, the plastic blades of the electric motor-driven cooling fan may separate and penetrate the shroud. Dealers will replace the electric cooling fan modules with new ones.

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