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March NHTSA Recall Announcements Include BMW X5, Jaguar X-type, New Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

March 14, 2003

Reuters reported on Mar. 13 that according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, BMW will recall 84,000 X5 luxury sport utility vehicles to fix a possible brake fluid leak. According to the news agency, NHTSA said the front brake line on X5s built between August 1999 and April 2002 could come loose, eventually causing a brake hose to rub against the tire and leak.Reuters also said that General Motors will recall 5,734 Chevrolet Avalanche pickups, as well as Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs, to install a fuel tank shield. GM said in some frontal crashes, a piece of the frame could fracture, creating a sharp edge that could puncture a fuel tank, Reuters noted.Reuters further said that Mitsubishi Motor plans to recall some 65,000 of its new Outlander SUVs to re-program an engine computer that could allow ice to build up inside the throttle, causing the throttle to stick open.According to Reuters, Honda will recall 3,617 2003 Honda Odyssey minivans to inspect fuel tanks for signs of faults that could cause them to leak, while Hyundai will recall 25,643 Santa Fe SUVs to replace flawed engine electronics and Ford's Jaguar division will recall 49,174 X-Type sedans from model years 2002 and 2003 to fix a turn signal indicator that could fail.In addition, Reuters said, Kia will recall 9,787 2002 Sedona minivans to replace seat belt anchor bolts that do not meet federal standards and GM's Saab unit will recall 70,726 Saab 9-5 cars from model years 1999 to 2003 to fix a corrosion problem on vehicles that switch between steel wheels in winter and alloy wheels in summer.
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