Friday Recall Roundup

Jun 18, 2010

Here’s a rundown of some of the recalls issued this week by automakers:

-BMW of North America LLC is recalling certain MY 2008-2011 1-Series vehicles because of a fire risk. There may not be enough clearance between the seatbelt tensioners and the sound insulation in the B-pillars. In the event of a severe crash, the tensioners could overheat. This poses a risk that the insulation material could catch fire. 

BMW has notified NHTSA of the recall and halted sales of all 1 Series models. The automaker is developing a remedy. Vehicle owners can reach BMW at (800) 525-7417.

-American Suzuki Motor Corp. is recalling more than 46,000 MY 2006 Grand Vitara and MY 2005-2006 XL-7 vehicles because of a power steering problem. The tension adjuster pulley for the drive belt that operates the power steering pump and air conditioner compressor (if equipped) has an outer portion that is made of plastic. Repeated heat stress can cause the plastic material to deteriorate, and pieces of the pulley can break off and damage the drive belt.   Dealers will replace the power steering pump drive belt tension adjuster pulley free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month. Owners can reach Suzuki at (800) 934-0934.

-Volkswagen AG is recalling 15,902 MY 2009 Routan minivans because a wiring problem poses a potential fire risk. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly routed wire harness. The lower sliding door hinge bracket may contact and wear through the wire insulation. Contact with a 12V power feed circuit within the harness may cause a high resistive short circuit within the latch mechanism located inside of the sliding door. This could result in an overheated latch, posing a fire risk within the rear sliding door, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The recall is expected to begin this month. Necessary repairs and rerouting work will be performed free of charge. Vehicle owners can reach Volkswagen at (800) 822-8987.

-Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 400 MY 2008-2009 Sterling 360 trucks because of an overheating and fire risk. The trucks covered by the recall were manufactured from Aug. 8, 2007 through July 31, 2008.  The ground harness connector for the ABS hydraulic unit may become corroded because of intrusion, potentially causing the ABS hydraulic motor to run continuously. As a result, the ABS hydraulic motor may overheat, potentially posing a fire risk. To remedy the problem, the ground sub-harness will be replaced with a properly waterproofed harness. The ABS hydraulic unit and the connector terminals will be inspected for damage and corrosion. If necessary, they will be replaced free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin around mid-August. Owners can reach Daimler Trucks at (800) 547-0712.