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05/08/2008

Recent Recalls Announced Vehicle type Dodge Sprinter Freightliner Sprinter Year 2007 Description of Recall Customer Satisfaction Notification G21 The Active Service System (ASSYST) in the instrument cluster on about 1,150 of the above vehicles was configured with an incorrect mileage for service intervals. The correct service interval is every 10,000 miles as indicated in the Owner's Manual. The instrument cluster must be reconfigured. Customer Satisfaction Notification H04 The electric roof ventilator fan on about 180 of the above vehicles may cause the automatic transmission electronic control system to malfunction. This can result in the transmission shifting into the "limp home" (default) mode. A relay must be added to the electric roof fan circuit to isolate it electrically from the automatic transmissions electronic control system. Emissions Recall H06 - Spark Plugs Approximately 440 engines in the above vehicles may have had incorrect spark plugs inadvertently installed in three of the six cylinders. The incorrect spark plugs will wear out sooner than the specified spark plugs and could cause engine damage under certain extreme driving conditions. The three spark plugs in the even numbered engine cylinders must be inspected and replaced if necessary. Safety Recall H07 An unused tire pressure monitoring system electrical connector on about 180,000 of the above vehicles may become corroded and could short circuit. This can cause a variety of conditions including an engine no-start, a dead battery, an inoperative cruise control or remote start system and/or engine stalling. Engine stalling could cause a crash without warning. All unused tire pressure monitoring system electrical connectors must be removed and the wiring sealed with heat shrink. Safety Recall H09 Rear seating head impact protection pads on about 570 of the above vehicles may not have been installed during vehicle assembly. This could increase the risk of injury to rear seat occupants if the vehicle is involved in a crash under certain conditions. Involved vehicles must be inspected for the presence of rear head impact protection pads. Vehicles found without head impact protection pads must have them installed. FMVSS Noncompliance-Head Impact Protection - #07281 (U.S. Vehicles) General Motors has decided that certain 2007 model year Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent vehicles built without a head-curtain side impact air bag or without a sunroof fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact." In tests, the Standard's requirement was exceeded at one test point. If a front seat occupant's head contacts that point in a crash, the occupant's injury could be increased. Dealers are to install an energy-absorbing device on the driver and passenger side headliner.

Dodge Sprinter Freightliner Sprinter

2007

Jeep Wrangler Dodge Grand Caravan Chrysler Town & Country

2008

Dodge Avenger Chrysler Sebring

2007-2008

Dodge Sprinter 2500 Freightliner Sprinter 2500

2007-2008

Chevrolet Equinox Pontiac Torrent

2007

Chevrolet Equinox Pontiac Torrent

2007

Cadillac CTS, CTS-V, SRX, STS, STS-V Pontiac Solstice Saturn SKY

2005-2007

Cadillac SRX

2004

Buick Regal GS Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

1997-2003

Customer Satisfaction - Increased Head Impact Protection #07287 (Canadian) 2007 model year Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent vehicles built without a head-curtain side impact air bag or without a sunroof not only meet, but exceed government standards for head impact protection. GM has recently made changes that add to that protection. GM is making similar changes to vehicles built before this change was implemented. To enhance head impact protection, dealers are to install an energy-absorbing device on the driver and passenger side headliner. Product Safety - Drive Axle Pinion Seal Leak-Replace Seal #07204D General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2005-2007 model year Cadillac CTS, CTS-V, SRX, STS; 2006-2007 model year Cadillac STS-V; 2006-2007 model year Pontiac Solstice; and 2007 model year Saturn SKY vehicles. The drive axle differential seal (two on allwheel drive vehicles) may leak because it does not meet GM's specifications. If a seal is leaking, there will be fluid on the ground where the vehicle is parked. If enough fluid leaks, the differential will become noisier because of reduced lubrication. After about two-thirds of the differential fluid is lost, the bearings may no longer be lubricated and may start to overheat. Damage to the bearings and other differential components could then occur. Damaged bearings will create noise that may be heard by the vehicle occupants. If the vehicle is not repaired and damage progresses, three conditions can occur: (1) When the vehicle is stopped and shifted to reverse, the differential may jam and prevent vehicle movement; (2) the damage can cause drag that will feel like the brake is applied; or (3) the differential could jam and lock the drive wheels while the vehicle is in motion. If (3) occurs, the driver may not be able to control the vehicle and a crash could occur without warning. Dealers/retailers are to install a new drive axle differential seal (two on all-wheel drive vehicles). Product Emission-Catalytic Converter-Inspect/Replace - #07027 General Motors has decided to conduct a Voluntary Emission Recall involving certain 2004 model year Cadillac SRX model vehicles, equipped with a 3.6L V6 (RPO LY7 - VIN 7) engine. These vehicles may experience a failure of the left or right catalytic converter. Dealers are to inspect and, if necessary, replace the left and/or right catalytic converters. Product Safety - Engine Compartment Fire - #07035 General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 1997-03 model year Buick Regal GS and Pontiac Grand Prix GTP model vehicles, equipped with a 3.8L V6 Supercharged (RPO L67 - VIN 1) engine. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking. If this condition occurs, and if a hot surface ignition source were present, an engine compartment fire could occur. Dealers are to replace the left rocker cover gasket/grommets and the 1-3-5 spark plug wire retainers.

Saturn VUE

2008

Ford Econoline E350

2008

Ford Expedition Lincoln Navigator

2008

Ford F250, F350 4X4

2008

Product Safety - Transmission Case Porosity - #08168 General Motors has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2008 Saturn VUE vehicles, equipped with a 6T70 6-Speed FWD (RPO MH2) or AWD (RPO MH4) transmission. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the transmission case side bore that holds the park pawl pivot pin may have a casting porosity. This condition, coupled with normal operating stresses, could lead to failure, eliminating the ability to secure the transmission in `park' position. If this happens while the vehicle is parked on a non-level surface, the vehicle could roll without warning and cause injury to people in its path. Retailers are to replace the transmission. Safety Recall 08S04 In some of the affected vehicles the driveshaft slip yoke may have porosity. A porous casting has decreased strength and may eventually fatigue and eventually break. If the slip yoke breaks it may result in the loss of vehicle control and risk of vehicle crash. Dealers will inspect the slip yoke date code and replace if necessary Compliance Recall 08C03 In all the affected vehicles, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) threshold value in the Smart Power Distribution Junction Box (SPDJB) is not appropriate for the recommended pressure listed on the Tire Pressure Placard. The tire pressure placard correctly indicates the recommended tire pressure for limousine applications as 40 PSI. Dealers are to reconfigure the TPMS thresholds in the SPDJB to match the tire pressures listed on the Tire Pressure Placard. Compliance Recall 08C04 The affected vehicles may not conform to frontal barrier impact requirements specified by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 301, which establishes fuel system integrity requirements in various barrier impacts for vehicles 10,000 lbs and under GVW. During a frontal rigid barrier impact, the fuel tank in the affected vehicles may move forward which could damage the fuel delivery module or fuel lines due to contact with a vehicle crossmember. If this occurs, fuel leakage may result. Fuel in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Dealers are to install a Fuel Tank Stopper Bracket on the vehicle's frame. Customer Satisfaction Program 08B03 (F350 4X4, 10,001 lbs and over GVW, 156" wheel base vehicles equipped with a two piece driveshaft only) To address potential customer concerns about the performance of these vehicles in extremely high energy frontal impact crashes, Ford is conducting a customer satisfaction program to improve the integrity of the vehicle fuel system in this type crash. There is no defect in any component or system in these vehicles, and they meet or exceed all currently applicable FMVS standards as shipped from Ford Motor Company. Ford has determined that in certain high energy frontal impacts with a rigid surface, it may be possible for the fuel tank to sustain damage and leak fuel. This action is being taken to enhance the vehicle performance in these rare types of impact. Dealers will install a Fuel Tank Stopper Bracket on th vehicle's frame

Ford F-350 4X4

2008

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