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Recent Car and Truck Manufacturer Recalls – October 25, 2010

Roughly 26,000 cars and trucks made by Chrysler Corporation have been recalled due to concerns regarding power steering fluid leaking onto hot engines and possibly igniting a fire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, included in the recall are 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Challenger and Journey along with some 2011 Dodge Ram pickup models. Only vehicles built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected by the recall. According to Chrysler company spokesperson, Vince Muniga, Chrysler is not aware of any fires or injuries because of the problem. The problem was discovered by the hose supplier. According to the NHTSA, the power steering hose assembly can become separated at the crimped end and leak fluid onto the engine, potentially causing fire. Chysler dealerships are able to inspect the vehicles and replace defective hoses at no charge. Chrysler can be contacted at 1-800-853-1403.

Volvo has recalled approximately 10,000 vehicles to fix their front air bag systems that may not deploy in a crash. That recall includes certain S80 sedans and XC70 crossover vehicles from the 2010-11 model year and model year 2010 V70 wagons. Volvo noted that there could be a problem with a wiring connector in the air bag system that might prevent the front air bag from protecting the driver in an accident. Owners may contact Volvo at 800-458-1552.

American Honda will announce a recall of some 2005-2007 Acura RL models and 2005 to early 2007 models of the Honda Odessey vehicles to repair the brake master cylinder. There is a possibility for the one seal in the brake master cylinder to fail due to the use of brake fluid other than Honda Genuine brake fluid, followed by a mechanical brake bleed procedure. In the event of this failure, a slow leak of brake fluid could occur. Honda noted that a brake fluid light would illuminate before loss of system performance. Should the low brake fluid light illuminate, Honda encourages owners to take their vehicles to a dealer for repair immediately.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., also announced a recall involving brake fluid leaks. In total, 740,000 vehicles were recalled, involving the Avalon, Highlander (non hybrid), and Lexus RX330, GS300, IS250, and IS350. Toyota said that the brake fluid leak could cause the brake pedal to feel spongy and braking performance to “gradually decline”. Toyota did not indicate whether there have been any accidents reported to date related to the problem.


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