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Massive Auto Recalls Issued by Tranport Canada


Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles all Involved

Transport Canada has issued a recall notice which affects vehicles made by Toyota, Lexus, Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Dodge, Maserati, Mazda and Bentley, and motorcycles made by BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

TOYOTA SIENNA: Vehicles affected: 26,501

On certain vehicles, if the retention clip used to secure the center console trim panel was not reinstalled following a service repair, the trim piece could interfere with the operation of the accelerator pedal. If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may become stuck at nearly full throttle, which could result in a loss of vehicle control causing property damage, personal injury or death. Note: As this problem result from a servicing issue, it is being handled as a safety improvement campaign instead of a Notice of Defect as prescribed by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

TOYOTA YARIS: Vehicles affected: 58,410

On certain 06-07 hatchback and 07 sedan models, the pyrotechnic pretensioner of the front seatbelt assemblies could, if deployed, ignite nearby sound-insulating material. This could result in a post-collision fire, increasing the risk of occupant injury or death.

FORD RANGER; Vehicles affected: 981 On certain Ranger 4x2 pickup trucks, the front spindle may have been manufactured without proper heat treating. As a result the spindle may, over time, fatigue to fracture without warning, which could allow the front spindle and wheel to separate from the vehicle. A wheel separation may result in a loss of control which could lead to a crash, causing property damage, personal injury, or death.

MINI COOPER S, MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS; Vehicles affected: 2,192

On certain vehicles, the centrally-located tailpipe extension protrudes slightly beyond the rear bumper. As a consequence, it is possible for inadvertent contact with a person's leg. It the tailpipe is hot during contact, a burn could occur.

CHEVROLET AVEO, PONTIAC G3 WAVE; Vehicles affected: 7,044

On certain vehicles, the hardware that secures the intermediate steering shaft to the steering gear may have been incorrectly assembled and could loosen. Should the intermediate steering shaft detach from the steering gear a loss of steering control would occur. This could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death.

BMW F650GS, Motorcyles affected: 373 and 288

On certain motorcycles, the front brake disc fasteners installed during vehicle assembly may have been of insufficient length. As a result, the fasteners may not have received adequate tightening torque, which could eventually allow the brake disc to loosen. This could result in a loss of front brake function which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash.

Also, on certain motorcycles, the chain sprocket fasteners may become loose which, in the worst case, could cause a loss of vehicle propulsion. Lost propulsion, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash.

DODGE DURANGO; Vehicles affected: 430

On certain vehicles, the fuel tank inlet check valve may not fully close after refueling. This could allow some fuel to escape from the fuel tank filler tube. Fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, can result in a fire.

DODGE RAM; Vehicles affected: 8,040

On certain 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, the drag link inner tie rod attachment to the pitman arm ball stud may fracture. A loss of steering control could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Also, in some cases, the steering damper attaching bracket may yield and shift on the linkage. This may restrict the ability to turn the vehicle in one direction. BR>
DODGE RAM; Vehicles affected: 4,500

Defective aftermarket steering drag links many have been sold as service replacement parts for 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks. The drag link assemblies in question may fracture, which could result in a loss of vehicle control and a crash, causing property damage, personal injury or death. Also, in some cases, the steering damper attaching bracket may yield and shift on the linkage. This may restrict the ability to turn the vehicle in one direction. Chrysler will notify owners (other than those covered by recall 09-010 (H36)) of all 2003-2008 Dodge Ram heavy duty trucks since those vehicles could potentially have had the affected linkages installed during service. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer for inspection and repair if required.

KAWASAKI CONCOURS 14, KAWASAKI CONCOURS 14 ABS

On certain motorcycles, small stones or other road debris can become trapped between the brake pedal and the rear brake master cylinder actuating rod. This can prevent full release of the rear brake. Continuous activation of the rear brake while the vehicle is being operated can result in overheating, damage, rear wheel lockup, or failure of the rear brake, creating the risk of a crash resulting in injury or death. LEXUS GS 300, GS 350, IS 250, IS 350, LS 460, LS 460L; Vehicles affected: 8,414

On certain vehicles, the use of selected ethanol fuels may cause the aluminium fuel rails to corrode. This could result in plugged fuel injector(s), causing a rough engine idle and/or the illumination of the engine warning lamp. Corrosion may also cause a pinhole to develop on the fuel rail, which could result in fuel leakage. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a vehicle fire.

MASERATI GRANTURISMO, QUATTROPORTE S; Vehicles affected: 340

On certain vehicles, the front and rear suspension upper and lower ball joint nuts may have been incorrectly torqued during vehicle assembly. This could allow the nuts to loosen, which may result in a loss of vehicle control and a crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. SUZUKI GSX-R 1000K5, GSX-R 1000K6; Motorcyles affected:1,207 On certain motorcycles, crash forces or hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts causing extreme stress to the frame can result in frame cracking or breakage behind and below the steering neck, while ordinary vehicle operation does not create a risk of such frame cracking or breakage. Suzuki believes that this issue does not constitute a "defect" within the meaning of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act because such extreme maneuvers are far outside the ordinary and reasonable operation of the vehicles involved. However, as a precautionary measure for the sake of owners and operators, Suzuki has voluntarily decided to conduct this safety improvement campaign.

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR, FLYING SPUR SPEED: Vehicles affected: 3

On certain vehicles, the centre rear seatbelt upper guide bracket may distort during a frontal collision. This distortion could result in the centre rear seat occupant travelling further forward than the design intends, increasing the risk of personal injury or death.

PONTIAC G6; Vehicles affected: 1,355

On certain vehicles, the brake lamps may not operate properly due to fretting corrosion in the Body Control Module (BCM) C2 wiring connector. Corrosion in the connector could cause the brake lamps to illuminate when the brake pedal has not been depressed, or cause them to not illuminate at all. Failure of the brake lamps to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed may result in the following road users being unaware of the driver's intentions, as well as reducing vehicle conspicuity during hours of darkness. This could result in a vehicle crash causing personal injury or death.

MAZDA SERIES B: Vehicles affected: 209

On certain vehicles, the front spindles may not have received adequate heat treatment during the manufacturing process. As a result, the spindle may fracture, allowing the spindle and wheel assembly to separate from the vehicle while underway. This could cause a loss of vehicle control and a crash. In addition, the errant wheel assembly could strike a vehicle, property, or a bystander, which could result in personal injury or death. YAMAHA FJR13A, YAMAHA FJR13AE: Units affected: 770

On certain motorcycles, the main ignition switch's wire connection could overheat, due to electrical resistance, and become hot enough to melt the solder connecting the wire to the main switch. As a result, the wire could come off the switch, preventing the electrical system from functioning. Should this occur while the motorcycle is being ridden, the engine could stall and be impossible to restart. A loss of propulsion, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the driver's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash causing personal injury or death. Correction.

MAZDA6: Vehicles affected: 3,956

On certain vehicles, the outer door handle may bind, thereby preventing the door from latching. This could allow the door to swing open while the vehicle is in motion.

CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY, DODGE GRAND CARAVAN: Vehicles affected: 360

On certain vehicles, an unused electrical connector may become corroded and eventually short circuit, affecting operation of the compass display, rear heater/AC blower, courtesy lamps and integral flashlight. Should the circuit fuse not blow, the connector could overheat and cause a vehicle fire.
 

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Driving on the highway. All suddenly the front left suspension collapsed causing excessive damage to the vehicle. Called Toyota. They say they will only repair the defective ball joints and will not pay for the damages caused by the defective ball joints.

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