NHTSA PASSENGER VEHICLE RECALLS
AUGUST 1995



  • 1995 Hummer
  • 1992-93 Ford Explorer
  • 1991-91 Lincoln Town Cars
  • 1995 Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue
  • 1993-95 Buick Regal
  • 1995 Hyundai Sonata
  • 1992-93 Mazda Navajo
  • 1987-91, 1995 Range Rover
  • 1992-96 Rolls Royce and Bentley Models
  • Equipment: Conversion Van Safety Belts
  • Cruise Controls, 1993-95 VW Golf and Jetta
  • Kolcraft Child Safety Seats
    AM General Corporation
    Models:
    			AM General Hummer		Year: 1995
    Manufactured Dates: November 1994-August 1995
    Number of Vehicles: 463
    Recall Number:   95V161000
    System:  Fuel tank.  
    Vehicle Description:  Gasoline powered multi-purpose passenger
    vehicles.  
    Description of Defect:  Under high ambient temperatures (greater
    than 95 degrees Fahrenheit) and with the fuel tank level between
    1/4 and 1/2 full, the fuel tank internal pressure can increase
    and cause the tank to expand. Tank expansion causes an
    interference between the fuel tank protective shield and the
    propeller shaft.  This results in a hole in the fuel tank at the
    point of shield-to-shaft contact.  
    Consequence of Defect:  This hole can result in a fuel leak, and
    if an ignition source is present, could result in a fire.  
    Corrective Action:  Dealers will install a supplemental fuel tank
    venting system on these vehicles.  
    Note:  Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on
    an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy
    within a reasonable time, should contact AM General at
    1-800-638-8303.
    
    Ford Motor Company Model: Ford Explorer Years: 1992 - 1993 Manufactured Dates: January 1992-March 1993 Number of Vehicles: 364,784 Recall Number: 95V164001 System: Hatchback hydraulic cylinder. Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles. Description of Defect: The hydraulic lift cylinders are attached to brackets that are welded to the liftgate. The bracket welds can fracture. Consequence of Defect: With a broken bracket weld, there is a potential for the liftgate bracket to gradually bend inward allowing the lift cylinder ball stud to disengage. Corrective Action: Dealers will install reinforcement brackets. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Models: Lincoln Town Car Years: 1991 - 1992 Manufactured Dates: April 1991-October 1991 Number of Vehicles: 73,837 Recall Number: 95V151000 System: Hood latch. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Description of Defect: The secondary hood latch may not engage when the hood is closed. Consequence of Defect: If the primary hood latch releases or is not properly latched when the vehicle is in motion, the hood could fly up and obstruct the operator's vision. This would increase the potential for an accident. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the hood latch assembly. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
    General Motors Corporation Models: Buick LeSabre Year: 1995 Buick Park Avenue Year: 1995 Manufactured Dates: February 1995-March 1995 Number of Vehicles: 12,832 Recall Number: 95V158000 System: Headlights. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Description of Noncompliance: The driver side headlamp lens has an incorrect aim pad number on the lens. This does not comply with FMVSS No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." Consequence of Noncompliance: If these headlamps are re-aimed using a mechanical aiming device that uses the aiming pad numbers, the resulting aim would be out of the specified range. This may cause a visibility problem and increase the potential for a vehicle accident. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the driver side headlamp on vehicles with the incorrect outboard lower pad number. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300. Model: Buick Regal Years: 1993 - 1995 Manufactured Dates: June 1991-February 1995 Number of Vehicles: 39,849 Recall Number: 95V152000 System: Side marker lights. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Description of Noncompliance: Incorrect clear front side marker bulbs were installed instead of amber bulbs. This does not conform to the requirements of FMVSS No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment." Consequence of Noncompliance: During illumination, the bulbs will show clear rather than amber and could momentarily confuse other drivers. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the clear bulbs with the correct amber bulbs. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300.
    Hyundai Motor America Model: Hyundai Sonata Year: 1995 Manufactured Dates: March 1995-July 1995 Number of Vehicles: 356 Recall Number: 95V163000 System: Shock absorber. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with gas-filled shock absorbers (lot numbers 5C4 and 5C9). Description of Defect: One or both of the rear suspension lower spring seats are not securely attached to the shock absorber and can slide lower onto the shock absorber than intended. The rear spring would no longer function to support the vehicle body at its normal height. Consequence of Defect: Loss of rear spring support can increase the potential for a vehicle accident if it occurs while the vehicle is moving. Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the vehicle to determine whether the rear shock absorbers are from the suspect production. If the shock absorbers are from the suspect production, the shock absorbers and spring seat assemblies will be replaced. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Hyundai at 1-800-829-9956.
    Mazda (North America), Inc. Model: Mazda Truck Navajo Years: 1992 - 1993 Manufactured Dates: January 1992-March 1993 Number of Vehicles: Not Available Recall No.95V164002 System: Hatchback hydraulic cylinder. Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles. Description of Defect: The hydraulic lift cylinders are attached to brackets that are welded to the liftgate. The bracket welds can fracture. Consequence of Defect: With a broken bracket weld, there is a potential for the liftgate bracket to gradually bend inward allowing the lift cylinder ball stud to disengage. Corrective Action: Dealers will install reinforcement brackets. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
    Range Rover NA., Inc. Models: Range Rover Years: 1987 - 1991 Manufactured Dates: May 1987-September 1990 Number of Vehicles: 15,378 Recall No.95V155000 System: Fuel tank assembly. Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles. Description of Defect: The bottom of the fuel tank can corrode over time and allow fuel to leak. Consequence of Defect: A fuel leak can occur and increase the potential for a vehicle fire. Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and replace the tank if needed. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Range Rover at 1-301-731-9040. Model: Range Rover Year: 1995 Manufactured Dates: June 1994-July 1995 Number of Vehicles: 3,147 Recall No.95V157000 System: Engine pulley. Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose 4.0SE passenger vehicles. Description of Defect: The idler pulley, part of the engine front end serpentine belt system, can fail resulting in serpentine belt damage or disengagement. Consequence of Defect: Disengagement of the pulley on the roadway can cause harm to pedestrians and other vehicles. Also, failure of the belt causes a loss of power steering assist which can increase the potential for an accident. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the idler pulley with a newly designed idler pulley. Note: While power steering assist will be lost if the belt fails, manual steering control remains. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Range Rover at 1-301-731-9040.
    Rolls-Royce Motors, Inc. Models: Years: 1992 - 1996 Bentley Azure Bentley Brooklands Bentley Brooklands LWB Bentley Continenta Bentley Continental R Bentley Eight Bentley Mulsanne LWB Bentley Mulsanne S Bentley Turbo R Bentley Turbo RL Rolls Royce Corniche IV Rolls Royce Corniche S Rolls Royce Flying Spur Rolls Royce Silver Dawn Rolls Royce Silver Spur Rolls Royce Silver Spur II Rolls Royce Silver Spur III Rolls Royce Silverspirit Rolls Royce Silverspirit II Rolls Royce Silverspirit III Manufactured Dates: May 1991-July 1995 Number of Vehicles: 1,202 Recall No.95V159000 System: Automatic transmission. Vehicle Description: Sedan and limousines. Description of Defect: An incorrectly positioned wire within the electrically operated gearbox actuator can chafe against the cover causing the transmission selector fuse to blow. Consequence of Defect: If the fuse blows, the driver cannot change gears or place the vehicle in park. This can disable the vehicle transmission, increasing the potential for a vehicle accident. Corrective Action: Dealers will reposition the affected wire to prevent contact with the gearbox actuator cover. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Rolls Royce at 1-201-967-9100. Model: Bentley Continental R Years: 1994 - 1996 Manufactured Dates: April 1993-July 1995 Number of Vehicles: 107 Recall No.95V160000 System: Seat belt anchors. Vehicle Description: Sedans. Description of Defect: Both front seat belt lower anchorage rails have a manufacturing weakness which could fracture in a vehicle impact. Consequence of Defect: Seat belt anchorage fracture could cause the release of the belt assembly during a vehicle impact increasing the potential for personal injury. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the front seat belt lower anchorage rails. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Rolls Royce at 1-201-967-9100.
    EQUIPMENT
    Autoflug Brand: Autoflug Safety Belts Manufactured Dates: May 1995-July 1995 Number of Unit(s): 300 Recall Number: 95E018000 System: Seat and shoulder belts. Equipment Description: Rear safety belts manufactured by Astas/Autoflug for use on Chevrolet, GMC, Ford and Dodge conversion vans. Description of Defect: As part of an ongoing recall campaign (93E-040), sofa safety belt buckle assemblies were being replaced. Some of the corrective safety belt assemblies were sent out to dealers which were of the wrong design. Consequence of Defect: The safety belts can fail to protect a passenger during a vehicle crash. Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the safety belt assemblies with the correct assemblies. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Autoflug/Astas at 1-800-423-4401.
    Rostra Precision Controls Brands:Rostra Cruise Control Volkswagen Golf Years: 1993 - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta Years: 1993 - 1995 Manufactured Dates: Not Available Number of Units: 79 Recall Number: 95E034000 System: Speed control equipment. Vehicle Description: Aftermarket cruise control units used on Volkswagen Jetta and Golf vehicles. Description of Defect: When installed in the vehicles, a tie wrap is used to guide the cruise control cable in the engine compartment. Some tie wraps have been installed with a large loop opening improperly guiding the cable which could prevent the throttle from returning to its full idle position. Consequence of Defect: The engine speed may not return to idle and increase the potential for a vehicle collision. Corrective Action: Dealers will remove the cruise control tie wrap and install a newly designed guide. Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time, should contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
    CHILD SAFETY SEATS
    Kolcraft Products, Inc. Brand: Kolcraft Traveler 700 Manufactured Dates: November 1994-August 1995 Number of Units: 100,000 Recall Number: 95E035000 System: Child Safety Seat. Equipment Description: Child safety seats. Description of Problem: During crashes involving speeds greater than 30 mph and with the seat in a forward-facing position, the buckle can unlatch. Consequence of Problem: Failure of the buckle in a high speed collision can cause personal injury to the seat occupant. Corrective Action: Kolcraft is providing owners with a new buckle mechanism, instructions, and tools needed to replace the buckle. Note: If a replacement buckle is not provided free of charge within a reasonable time, owners should contact Kolcraft at 1-800-453-7673.

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