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Ford, GM and Chrysler Vehicles Among Those Tapped in July for Recall

July 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

It's been quite a month for recalls, with Ford Motor Co. saying it will spend upward of $3 billion to replace 13 million Firestone tires on various pickup trucks and sport- utilities.

But that was a voluntary action.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also mandates recalls, and Ford tops the list with two of the five ordered in July. By company, those recalls are:

Ford

166,605 vans for repair of a fuel tank that could crack because of contact with the vehicle frame. The vans, often used as ambulances, are E150, E250 and E350 models built from April 1996 to November 2000.

8,495 Mustang Cobra sports coupes to repair rear suspension knuckles, which could fracture under stress and touch the rear wheel.

A Ford spokesman said no accidents or injuries have been linked to the problems.

BMW

22,000 cars and sport-utility vehicles to replace the radiator fan assembly because of a faulty fan switch that could cause a fire. Vehicles affected are 2001 7-series cars, X5 SUVs, Z8 sports cars and 3-Series cars with manual transmissions.

Chrysler Group

161,682 cars and trucks to fix front seat-belt retractors that don't meet federal standards. The recall covers 1999 models of the Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram, Intrepid and Caravan; the Chrysler Concorde, LHS and Town and Country; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

General Motors

77,485 trucks to replace a label that might list the wrong tire size and inflation level. The recall affects 2001 model GMC C15, GMC C25 and Chevrolet C10 and C20 trucks.

Rolls-Royce

408 vehicles to install a system to vent gasoline vapors that can collect in a body cavity near the bottom of the driver's door and could explode when the electric window switch is used. Affects 2000 and 2001 Rolls-Royce Corniche, and Bentley Azure and Continental R, T and SC models.

Suzuki

59,888 Grand Vitara sport-utility vehicles built from June 1998 to June 2000, to fix a fuel system problem that could occur in temperatures below minus-13 degrees Fahrenheit.

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