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  • My husband I were in a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina 4 door Sedan in April of 2000. We were hit from behind by a drunk driver. Both of our shoulder restraints failed, and my husband was killed. I was lucky to survive, but have bad injuries from this wreck, and have been through countless surgeries. I went to a lawyer who specialized in this type of lawsuit and said it was hard to prove, but the facts stated in the accident report showed we had on our seatbelts, and my head taking out dash, and top of air bag compartment, and also winshield proves that my shoulder restraint harness failed. I was partially ejected the last time the car rolled, 5x, and if the car had moved any more I would have been killed also. Do I have a case against Chevy? I have my accident report. still.
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    • SEATBELT RECALL RESOURCES For Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CONTACT LAWYER: MARK LEWINTER, ESQ. www.anapolschwartz.com/attorneys/mark_lewinter.shtml CALL: 215-735-1130 OR 866-735-2792 READ MORE INFORMATION ONLINE AT: www.anapolschwartz.com/practices/seat-belt-failure/ DISCLAIMER: This document is dedicated to providing public information regarding Seatbelt Recalls and other legal information. None of the information on this site is intended to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Please contact a fatal seatbelt lawsuit or serious seatbelt injury law firm, for information regarding your particular case. This document is not intended to solicit clients outside the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ORGANIZED BY THE LAWYERS AT ANAPOL SCHWARTZ. © 2007 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SEATBELT RECALLS Seatbelt problems are not normal, and if you’ve experienced an injury while us- ing a seatbelt, talk to a lawyer today. There are many seat and seatbelt design related recalls reported by the government, all of which could cause serious injury or harm, such as seats that suddenly recline or seatbelt defects such as faulty anchors. These seatbelt defects could be catastroph- ic in the case of an accident, and in some cases could even be the cause of a car crash. This could cause serious seatbelt injury or even death. There were literally thousands of seatbelt design recalls in the past ten years. If you were injured due to any of them, you have legal rights. Contact us today to learn how we can help you. SEATBELT RECALLS BY CAR MANUFACTURERS Acura Country Coach GMC Kenworth Oldsmobile Tiara Allegro Damon Goshen Kia Ottawa Tiffin Amtran Dodge Grumman Lexus Peterbilt Toyota Aston Martin Dodgen Harney Lincoln PL Custom Triple E RV Audi Ducati HME Mazda Plymouth Tsunami Beaver Eagle Holiday Rambler Mccoy Miller Pontiac Turtle Top Blue Bird Eldorado Home & Park Medtec Porsche Ultimate BMW Europa Honda Mercedes Benz Rialta Unimog Buick Explorer Van Hummer Mercury Royal Coach US Bus Cadillac Ferrari Hyundai Mid Bus Saab Utilimaster Carpenter Ford Infiniti Mitsubishi Safari Volkswagen Champion Forest River InterNational Monaco Saturn Volvo Chevrolet Foretravel Isuzu National Spartan Western Chrysler Four Winds Itasca National Van Starcraft Bus White GMC Coach & Equipment Freightliner Jaguar Newmar Subaru Winnebago Coachmen Geo Jayco Nissan Suzuki Collins Girardin Jeep Nissan Diesel Thomas Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 2
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES… But What Happens When They are Defective? Recalls are often based on weaknesses in the manufacturing, such as seri- ous seatbelt defects or poor seatbelt design, that cause dangerous condi- tions for drivers and passengers. A moderate to severe car crash could result in seatbelts coming loose or otherwise providing inadequate protection, all of which are very serious failures. While statistics show that wearing your seatbelt is always the best option, seatbelt defects may be among the most dangerous of the reasons for recall of vehicles, and can lead to serious injury upon collision. A car crash in which seatbelt defects are involved could lead to passenger ejection or other very dangerous effects, all of which could be prevented by more careful design and manufacturing. Always stay up to date on seatbelt recalls and talk to a lawyer if you were injured due to a seatbelt malfunction. Remember, if you’ve been injured due to a seatbelt design problem, contact us right away to learn about your legal rights. DO YOU HAVE A LAWSUIT? If a recalled seatbelt is respon- WHILE SEATBELTS SAVE MANY sible for injuring you or someone you love, please contact Anapol LIVES, THEY ALSO END THEM. Schwartz to discuss your seatbelt lawsuit. You can start by answer- For your convenience, the lawyers at Anapol ing a simple few questions. There is never an obligation to continue Schwartz have compiled a list of recalled seat- and all conversation and information belts into the following database organized by is strictly confidential. manufacturer and year. Call (toll-free): By determining the seatbelt model in your vehicle and checking it with data- 1-866-735-2792 base below, you can determine if you are driving at risk with an seatbelt that has been recalled.* or use the online consultation form. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 3
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ACURA 3.2tl 3.2tl 2000, 2001, 2002 2002 Part Recalled: Seat Belts:front:buckle Assembly Part Recalled: Seat Belts:front:buckle Assembly Vehicle Description: The following vehicles were Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to repaired with incorrect parts: 2002 Acura 3.2Tl sedans with comply with requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assem- replacement buckles installed per recall 01v-166001; certain blies.” Certain driver and passenger seatbelt buckles were 2000 Acura 3.2Tl vehicles with replacement buckles installed improperly manufactured. as product update repairs; and certain 2000-2002 Acura 3.2Tl Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be vehicles with replacement buckles installed as warranty or col- properly restrained. lision repairs. Repairs were made from March 9 through July 27, 2001. Some of the noncompliant buckles were mislabeled Correction: Dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace and redistributed to Acura dealers to be used as recall repair the front seatbelt buckles. Owner notification began may 9, parts. Honda also determined that incorrect front seatbelt 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer buckle replacement parts were used for some product update on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free repairs of 2000 Acura 3.2Tl vehicles, and warranty or collision remedy within a reasonable time should contact Acura at 1- repairs of 2000-2002 3.2Tl vehicles. These seatbelt buckles 800-999-1009. may not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Slx Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be 1996 properly restrained. Part Recalled: Seat Belts:rear Correction: Dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the front seatbelt buckles. Owner notification began August Vehicle Description: Certain Vehicles Were Manufac- 20, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized tured With An Incorrect Rear Center Seat Belt Assembly dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the Buckle. The Misbuild Involved Fitting A Buckle For Another free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Acura at Market With The Correct U.s. Specification Seat Belt. 1-800-999-1009. Risk: Such Installation Results In A Rear Center Seat Belt Assembly In Which The Belt Tongue Cannot Be Inserted Into The Buckle And A Consquent Inability Of The System To Pro- vide Proper Occupant Restraint During Panic Braking Of The Vehicle Or An Accident. Correction: Dealers Will Inspect The Rear Center Seat Belt Tongue And Buckle And Incorrect Buckle Assemblies Will Be Replaced. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 4
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ALLEGRO MOTOR HOME Risk: In the event of an accident, the driver or occupant 1996 would not be properly restrained increasing the risk of per- Part Recalled: Seat Belts:front:anchorage sonal injury. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Correction: Dealers will install new seatbelt assemblies in type 2 safety belts manufactured by amsafe. The front seatbelt these vehicles. retractor located next to the driver and passenger seats will not allow the belt to be extended so that it can be used. AMTRAN Fe Re 2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: School buses with or without seat- Vehicle Description: School buses with or without seat- belts equipped with between the frame rail fuel tank option belts equipped with between the frame rail fuel tank option and 39 and 45 inch anchor passenger seats (seatbelt ready and 39 and 45 inch anchor passenger seats (seatbelt ready seats). These buses were built without the under floor rein- seats). These buses were built without the under floor rein- forcement plate on the inboard seat mountings about the tank. forcement plate on the inboard seat mountings about the tank. This does not comply with the requirements of fmvss 210, This does not comply with the requirements of fmvss 210, “seatbelt assembly anchorages.” “seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained resulting in personal injury. properly restrained resulting in personal injury. Correction: Owners will be provided with instructions on Correction: Owners will be provided with instructions on inspection, repairing and reinforcement plates. Owner notifica- inspection, repairing and reinforcement plates. Owner notifica- tion began August 11, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to tion began August 11, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Amtran at 1-800-843-5615. contact Amtran at 1-800-843-5615. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 5
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ASTON MARTIN DB7 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:warning light/devices Vehicle Description: The front seatbelt warning chime does not sound with the seatbelt unbuckled. Risk: The seatbelt warning chime is to remind occupants to fasten their seatbelts. Correction: Dealers will fit new seatbelt buckles with prop- erly configured wiring. AUDI A4 & A6 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear seat- belt retractors may not lock properly when engaged, or not remain locked after being engaged. Risk: In the event of a crash, an improperly locking seatbelt could cause injury to an occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the rear seatbelt assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 6
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BEAVER Contessa Marquis 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain Class A Motor Homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notification began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their notification began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. Contessa Marquis 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266- time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266- 8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. 8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 7
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BEAVER Monterey Patriot 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notification began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their notification began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. Monterey Patriot 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266- time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266- 8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. 8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 8
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BEAVER Solitaire Solitaire 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during produced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, a collision. 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notification began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266- 8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 9
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BLUE BIRD Risk: This installation may not adequately retain seatbelts All american in the event of a severe crash. 2000, 2001, 2002 Correction: Blue Bird will provide its distributors and Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor owners the parts and instructions to install the correct fasten- ers free of charge. Owner notification is expected to begin Vehicle Description: On certain school and transit buses November 20, 2003. Owners who do not receive the parts equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover and installation instructions within a reasonable time should halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event All american of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will pro- 2004, 2005 vide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts cover from separating. Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the with driver’s 3-point seatbelts with incorrect fasteners. connector could separate from the connector and render the Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the shoulder strap can seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant fail, and the driver could be seriously injured. would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: Blue Bird will notify its customers to make an Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” appointment with their Blue Bird distributor to have the driver’s to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owner notifica- 3-point seatbelt upper attaching fasteners replaced free of tion is expected to begin on or about September 27, 2002. charge. Owner notification is expected to begin June 8, 2004. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reason- Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an able time should contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Blue Bird at 478-822- All american 2242. 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: On certain rear engine (a3re) school buses, the type and location of the fasteners used to retain the seatbelt in the last row of seats does not conform to Blue Bird engineering specifications. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 10
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BLUE BIRD Conventional Conventional 1992 2000, 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Safety belt retractor locks up with Vehicle Description: On certain school and transit buses the belt in the stowed position. equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- Risk: when the retractor locks up with the belt in the stowed- pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one position , the driver is unable to use the safety belts, resulting of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from in increasedrisk of injury in a sudden stop or accident. the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event Correction: Modification kits will be shipped directly to the of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained owner for modification of the safety belt retractor. resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will pro- vide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt Conventional cover from separating. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the 2000, 2001 connector could separate from the connector and render the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant Vehicle Description: School buses equipped with option would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. 2836-02 driver’s seatbelts. The seatbelts are too long prevent- Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” ing the belt from retracting properly and fitting the occupant as to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owner notifica- designed. tion is expected to begin on or about September 27, 2002. Risk: In the event of a crash, the driver may not be properly Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reason- restrained increasing the risk of injury. able time should contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. Correction: The belts will be replaced with belts of proper shoulder harness length. Owner notification began November 15, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 11
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BLUE BIRD halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- Micro bird pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one 2000, 2001, 2002 of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained Vehicle Description: On certain school and transit buses resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will pro- equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover vide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- cover from separating. pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from connector could separate from the connector and render the the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will pro- vide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” cover from separating. to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owner notifica- tion is expected to begin on or about September 27, 2002. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reason- connector could separate from the connector and render the able time should contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” Transit to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owner notifica- 1992 tion is expected to begin on or about September 27, 2002. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reason- able time should contact Blue Bird at 1-478-822-2242. Vehicle Description: Safety belt retractor locks up with the belt in the stowed position. Tc2000 Risk: when the retractor locks up with the belt in the stowed- position , the driver is unable to use the safety belts, resulting 2000, 2001, 2002 in increasedrisk of injury in a sudden stop or accident. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Modification kits will be shipped directly to the Vehicle Description: On certain school and transit buses owner for modification of the safety belt retractor. equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 12
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BLUE BIRD Van conversion 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Safety belt retractor locks up with the belt in the stowed position. Risk: when the retractor locks up with the belt in the stowed- position , the driver is unable to use the safety belts, resulting in increasedrisk of injury in a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Modification kits will be shipped directly to the owner for modification of the safety belt retractor. BMW Correction: On automatic transmission models only, the 325 dealer will replace the transmission support crossmember 1993, 1994 with a crossmember used on the manual transmission model. Also, the transmission rear bushing supports will be replaced Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage with bushing having different performance characteristics. The Vehicle Description: In a fmvss no. 208 30 Miles-per- steering column front support bearing at the firewall will be hour compliance test, an unbelted test driver dummy’s chest replaced with a modified part using a teflon inner surface and maximum resultant acceleration was 70.8 G’s, which exceeds teflon spray will be applied to the column housing in the area the maximum allowable value of 60 g’s. Also, the unbelted of the bearing. A brace will be added between the knee bolster passenger dummy’s left femur maximum load was 2361 lbs, support and the steering column. which exceeds maximum allowable value of 2250 lbs. The vehicles do not comply with fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In the event of an accident, the occupant will be subjected to an increased risk of injury. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 13
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BMW M3 X5 1995 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: In a fmvss no. 208 30 Miles-per- Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles. The safety hour compliance test, an unbelted test driver dummy’s chest belt lower outboard anchorage bolt on the driver’s and front maximum resultant acceleration was 70.8 G’s, which exceeds passenger’s seats may not have been secured properly. the maximum allowable value of 60 g’s. Also, the unbelted Risk: In the event of a crash, the safety belt system might passenger dummy’s left femur maximum load was 2361 lbs, not be able to provide its maximum restraint function. which exceeds maximum allowable value of 2250 lbs. The vehicles do not comply with fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash Correction: Dealers will inspect the bolts and correct the protection.” torque if necessary. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In the event of an accident, the occupant will be subjected to an increased risk X5 of injury. 2002 Correction: On automatic transmission models only, the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly dealer will replace the transmission support crossmember with a crossmember used on the manual transmission model. Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Also, the transmission rear bushing supports will be replaced connection of the safety belt buckle to the steel rope of the with bushing having different performance characteristics. The tensioner does not meet BMW specifications. In severe frontal steering column front support bearing at the firewall will be crashes, this connection can detach. replaced with a modified part using a teflon inner surface and Risk: If the connection detaches, the protection provided teflon spray will be applied to the column housing in the area by the safety belt is likely to be impaired, and serious injuries of the bearing. A brace will be added between the knee bolster to the driver and/or front passenger could occur that might support and the steering column. otherwise be mitigated. Correction: Dealers will inspect both front safety belt ten- sioner and buckle assemblies, and if necessary, replace these parts. Owner notification began March 19, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 14
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BMW Z4 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the connection of the safety belt buckle to the steel rope of the tensioner does not meet BMW specifications. In severe frontal crashes, this connection can detach. Risk: If the connection detaches, the protection provided by the safety belt is likely to be impaired, and serious injuries to the driver and/or front passenger could occur that might otherwise be mitigated. Correction: Dealers will inspect both front safety belt ten- sioner and buckle assemblies, and if necessary, replace these parts. Owner notification began March 19, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 15
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BUICK Century Century 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: These vehicles were assembled Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles, with rear outboard safety belt anchorages that may not equipped with sunvisor located air bag labels, fail to conform withstand the required load. This does not comply with fmvss to federal motor vehicles safety standard no. 208, “Occupant no.210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” crash protection.” These vehicles have a message area less than 30 cm which does not meet the requirements of the Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In a collison, stress standard. can cause the attacHMEnt metal to tear and allow the anchor- age to separate from the body of the vehicle. The safety belt Risk: These vehicles do not comply with the standard. may not protect an occupant in the event of a vehicle crash. Correction: gm will mail a new bilingual air bag label with Correction: Dealers will replace the existing anchor bolts installation instructions. However, the customer may bring with a new shoulder bolt and thread locking adhesive. Addi- the label to their dealer for installation free of charge. Owner tionally, noise control patches will be applied at each anchor- notification began may 4, 2001. Owners who do not receive age. the free label and installation instructions within a reason- able time should contact Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537 or at 1-800-521-7300. Century 2000, 2001 Lesabre Part Recalled: Seatbelts 1997 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Vehicle Description: These vehicles were assembled assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do with one or more incorrect safety belt and/or safety belt buckle not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle ends. This does not conform with the requirements of fmvss safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: If an incorrect part be properly restrained. is used, the belt may not latch properly, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant should a vehicle crash occur. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any Correction: Dealers will inspect all front and rear safety safety belt buckle assembly. belt latch ends and safety belt buckles for correct parts and replace any incorrect parts. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 16
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BUICK Park avenue Regal 1996 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: These vehicles were assembled Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor with one or more incorrect safety belt and/or safety belt buckle plate exhibits stress cracks. ends. This does not conform with the requirements of fmvss Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” fracture, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: If an incorrect part Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt is used, the belt may not latch properly, increasing the risk of system. injury to the occupant should a vehicle crash occur. Correction: Dealers will inspect all front and rear safety belt latch ends and safety belt buckles for correct parts and Regal replace any incorrect parts. 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Park avenue Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor 1997, 1998 plate exhibits stress cracks. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can fracture and injury to the seat occupant can occur. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Some of these vehicles have front seat shoulder belts that may twist, allowing Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt the webbing to become jammed in the retractor. system. Risk: when the shoulder belt webbing becomes jammed in the retractor, the belt may be unusable. Correction: Dealers will inspect for the presence of updated front shoulder belt bezels and where necessary, install new front seat shoulder belt opening bezel kits. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 17
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BUICK Regal Riviera 2000, 2001 1992, 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: The front outer shoulder belt web trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw sew stop can become stuck in the retractor. The belt can be seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt difficult to pull out of the retractor and some occupants may assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not be able to fasten the belt. not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: This condition can prevent a person from using their safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” restraint system resulting in an increased risk of injury in an Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not accident. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealer will install a webbing stop button if the Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt customer requests repair. buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. Riviera Regal 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing 2000, 2001 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear shoul- Part Recalled: Seatbelts der belt(s) do not retract. A retainer could separate from a rear Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles, seat shoulder belt retractor which results in the retractor return equipped with sunvisor located air bag labels, fail to conform spring becoming disengaged. to federal motor vehicles safety standard no. 208, “Occupant Risk: In a crash, an occupant may receive more severe crash protection.” These vehicles have a message area less injuries if there is excessive slack in the shoulder belt. than 30 cm which does not meet the requirements of the standard. Correction: Dealers will inspect both rear shoulder belt retractors for correct function and install a spring cover retain- Risk: These vehicles do not comply with the standard. ing strap to each retractor. If a retractor does not function Correction: gm will mail a new bilingual air bag label with correctly, it will be replaced. installation instructions. However, the customer may bring the label to their dealer for installation free of charge. Owner notification began may 4, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free label and installation instructions within a reason- able time should contact Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537 or at 1-800-521-7300. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 18
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law BUICK Roadmaster 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The shoulder belt guide loop plastic covering may crack and expose the steel sub-plate. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the exposed steelsub- plate can cut the safety belt webbing resulting in increased possibilityand/or severity of injury to the affected seat occu- pant. Correction: Install new shoulder belt guide loops. CADILLAC Deville 2000, 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles contain driver and front passenger lap and/or shoulder belt retractors that may not remain locked up as designed during a crash in which the belt pretensioners deploy. Risk: In such a crash, this could result in an increase in injury for that occupant. Correction: Dealers will install a retainer kit in the driver and passenger safety belt pretensioner. Owner notification began January 31, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 19
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CADILLAC Deville Escalade 2000, 2001 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, hearse, and Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks limousines. Some of these vehicles fail to comply with the and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seat- requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” These belt routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of vehicles have seatbelts that may not meet the 30-pound push the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially button release effort requirement of the standard. smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a Risk: High release efforts could make it more difficult for a child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, crash victim to release the belt and exit the vehicle. does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelts and, if neces- child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older sary, modify the latch plates or replace the retractor. Dealers child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested will also add “snap on” latch clips to eliminate the potential of seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is inverted latch plate insertion. Owner notification is being con- described in the owner’s manual text. ducted in phases. The first phase began may 29, 2001, and the second phase began July 6, 2001. Owners who take their Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, time should contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and internal organ injury. Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a Escalade portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should 1999 be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front passenger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension require- ments. Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- rects the noncompliance. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 20
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CARPENTER Classic Counselor 1995 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The driver’s seatbelt anchorage bolt Vehicle Description: The driver’s seatbelt anchorage bolt is not the specified 7/16-20unf-2a. These anchorages do not is not the specified 7/16-20unf-2a. These anchorages do not meet the requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assem- meet the requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assem- blies.” blies.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The seatbelt as- Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The seatbelt as- semblies may not protect an occupant in the event of a vehicle semblies may not protect an occupant in the event of a vehicle collision. collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver’s seatbelt for the Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver’s seatbelt for the proper fasteners and will replace attacHMEnt hardware that proper fasteners and will replace attacHMEnt hardware that does not comply with the safety standard. does not comply with the safety standard. CHAMPION Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the Cgt belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating 1999, 2000, 2001 position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with cp Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover hous- in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. ing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the two Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an halves of the cover completely separate, the connector portion agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the con- within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- nector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. frame to become unusable. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 21
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHAMPION Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the Challenger belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating 1999, 2000, 2001 position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with cp Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover hous- in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. ing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the two Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an halves of the cover completely separate, the connector portion agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the con- within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- nector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. frame to become unusable. Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating Crusader position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an 1999, 2000, 2001 unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with cp in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover hous- Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an ing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the two agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy halves of the cover completely separate, the connector portion within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the con- 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. nector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the frame to become unusable. Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the Contender belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating 1999, 2000, 2001 position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with cp Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover hous- in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. ing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the two Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an halves of the cover completely separate, the connector portion agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the con- within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- nector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. frame to become unusable. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 22
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHAMPION Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, how- Cts ever, the belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant 1999, 2000, 2001 seating position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an unbelted individual could be seriously injured or Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor killed. Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a cp traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units housing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. two halves of the cover completely separate, the connector Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an portion of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy the connector rivet can separate from the connector frame within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- causing the frame to become unusable. 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an General unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. 1999, 2000, 2001 Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an cp traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy housing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- two halves of the cover completely separate, the connector 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. portion of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the connector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the frame to become unusable. Defender Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the 1999, 2000, 2001 belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a cp traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units housing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. two halves of the cover completely separate, the connector Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an portion of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy the connector rivet can separate from the connector frame within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- causing the frame to become unusable. 8330 or Champion at 810-724-6474. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 23
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Astro Avalanche 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:warning light/devices Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Mini vans. Some of these vehicles Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks fail to comply with requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seatbelt crash protection.” The “fasten safety-belt” Audible warning oc- routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of casionally may not come on or may terminate in less than four the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially seconds as required by the standard. smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, Risk: This does not meet the requirements of the standard. does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition Correction: Dealers will install a new alarm module. Owner to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with notification began June 27, 2001. Owners who take their child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at described in the owner’s manual text. 1-800-462-8782. Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- Astro pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and 1996, 1997 internal organ injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a Vehicle Description: The outboard safety belt webbing on portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should the right-hand rear bucket seat can separate during a vehicle be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The crash. recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at Risk: In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant would not 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- be properly restrained and personal injury could result. 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. Correction: Dealers will install a protector on the rear seat cushion frame. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 24
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Aveo Blazer 2004 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles were rear safety belt can become twisted. built with a driver’s seatbelt buckle assembly that contains an energy-absorbing loop. Sustained loads of sufficient magni- Risk: If this occurs the safety belt retractor may lock in posi- tude and duration on the belt in severe crashes could fully tion so that the belt cannot be used. In the event of a vehicle deploy the buckle energy-absorbing loop, introducing a total of crash, personal injury to the seat occupant could occur. 10 additional inches of webbing into the seatbelt system. The Correction: Dealers will install a safety belt webbing guide free falling latch plate used in this system may allow webbing to prevent the belt from twisting. The recall began on October to dynamically distribute between the lap and shoulder belt as 15, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630- the driver’s position changes during a multiple rollover event. 2438. Vehicle owners located in guam should contact gm customer assistance at 1-671-648-8453. Risk: If the energy-absorbing loop fully deploys in a severe multiple rollover crash, it is possible that a belted driver may experience partial or even complete ejection from the vehicle. Blazer Correction: Dealers will replace the energy-absorbing 1996, 1997 seatbelt assemblies with one that does not have the energy- absorbing loop. Owner notification began on August 8, 2003. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Vehicle Description: Extended cab pickup trucks agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy equipped with 60/40 front bench seats and extended cab within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800- pickup trucks and 2-door utility vehicles equipped with manual 222-1020, GMC at 1-800-462-8782, or Oldsmobile at 1-800- locking recliner bucket seats. The outboard safety belt web- 442-6537. bing on the driver’s and/or passenger’s seat can separate during a frontal impact. Blazer Risk: If a separation occurred and there were secondary crash events or vehicle rollover, there would be no belt re- 2000, 2001 straint of the occupant and increased injuries could occur. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Correction: Dealers will install a protective cover over the Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty recliner mechanism. trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 25
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not C/k pickups be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt 1999 buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage safety belt buckle assembly. Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks. The seatbelts fail to conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 209, C series “Seatbelt assemblies.” 2001 Risk: The seatbelts may not restrain an occupant properly in the event of a crash. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Dealers will replace both the front driver and Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of passenger seatbelts with new seatbelts. these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mecha- C10 nism, the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt 1994, 1995 would no longer lock. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from the no-lock condition. Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for release at or near the same time, acceleration forces can specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm cause the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or buckle to separate from the latch. they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not adequate occupant restraint protection. receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 26
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET C10 C20 1994, 1995 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. release at or near the same time, acceleration forces can 208, “Occupant crash protection.” cause the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the buckle to separate from the latch. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these seats may not be properly restrained. Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide adequate occupant restraint protection. Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates energy-management twin-loop system. the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). C10 C20 1999 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. crash protection.” 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front pas- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these senger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension seats may not be properly restrained. requirements. Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- energy-management twin-loop system. rects the noncompliance. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 27
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET C30 Camaro 1994, 1995 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt Vehicle Description: These vehicles were manufactured energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies with seatbelt retractors out of design position which can cause release at or near the same time, acceleration forces can the retractor to lock-up on slopes less severe than the fmvss cause the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the requirement. This does not comply with fmvss no. 209, “Seat- buckle to separate from the latch. belt assemblies.” Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide Risk: In the event of a vehicle collision, unbelted occupants adequate occupant restraint protection. are more at risk of injury than those using seatbelts. Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelts for proper the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). front seatbelt retractor position. Retractors found to be improp- erly positioned will be reinstalled correctly. C30 1994, 1995 Cavalier Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front 2004 Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, 208, “Occupant crash protection.” ‘Seatbelt assembly anchorages.’ The passenger-side rear Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these safety belt may have been installed with an incorrect nut and seats may not be properly restrained. bolt. Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of Risk: In a severe crash, the upper seatbelt anchorage may the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed separate. The effectiveness of the seatbelt could then be energy-management twin-loop system. reduced and the occupant could receive greater injuries. Correction: Dealers are to inspect the safety belt anchor- age and install a new nut and bolt, if necessary. The recall began on August 23, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 28
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Corvette Express 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The lap belt Vehicle Description: On certain vans with a gross vehicle webbing can twist allowing the webbing to become jammed in weight of less than 8,500 pounds, during a vehicle crash suf- the retractor. ficient enough to deploy the safety belt pretensioner, the front safety belt buckles may not release after the vehicle crash, or Risk: when the belt webbing becomes jammed in the retrac- alternately may eject the safety belt latch during the vehicle tor, the seatbelt may be unusable. crash. Correction: Dealers will install inserts to the belt web guide of each lap belt retractor. Risk: This could result in increased risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the front driver and pas- senger side safety belt buckle. Owner notification began June Corvette 3, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized 1997 dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelts in these vehicles incorporate an energy management loop. This loop is inadequate to absorb the necessary forces that can be exerted on it. Therefore, the vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protec- tion.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the energy manage- ment loop will not absorb enough energy, and injury to the seat occupant can occur. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver and passenger side seatbelt retractor assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 29
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Express Express 2003 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain extended and regular Vehicle Description: On certain full-size passenger, cab pickup trucks and cargo vans converted to compressed cargo, or cutaway vans, the front and rear seatbelt buckles will natural gas (cng) fail to conform to the requirements of federal not latch or will not unlatch. motor vehicle safety standard no. 225, ‘Child restraint anchor- Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be age systems.’ These vehicles have one seating position, the properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. center rear seat, equipped with child restraint lower anchor- ages. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckles and, if found to be inoperative, the entire buckle assembly would be replaced. Risk: The standard requires child seat lower anchorages For buckles found to be operative, dealer will replace only the in two seating positions for vehicles with three rear seating upper buckle cover. The recall will be conducted in phases. positions. The standard cab and cargo van vehicles, which The first phase mailing began during March 2006. Owners only have front seating positions, have an air bag off switch may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866- to disable the front passenger air bag and do not have child 996-9463. restraint lower anchorages in the passenger seat. The stan- dard requires passenger seat child seat lower anchorages in vehicles with an air bag off switch. However, the standard Express does not require vehicles with only front seating positions to have lower anchorage provisions if the vehicle is not equipped 2004 with an air bag off switch. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: To bring the standard cab and cargo van Vehicle Description: Certain vans fail to conform to the vehicles into compliance, dealers will inject epoxy into the air requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, bag off switch to prevent air bag activation, relocate the switch ‘seatbelt assemblies. These vehicles may have been pro- behind the instrument panel and then install a cover over the duced with seatbelt buckle assemblies containing a latch with resulting opening. The sun visor label and owner’s manual will a brittle condition that may not withstand the force require- also be changed. The correction for the extended cab vehicle ments of the standard. will consist of changing the front passenger seat to a seat Risk: The safety belt may not restrain the occupant as that has child restraint lower anchorages. The recall began intended during a crash, which could result in injury to the on September 9, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at occupant. 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Correction: Dealers will replace the safety belt buckle. The recall beagn may 7, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 30
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Impala Lumina apv 2000, 2001 1993, 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, Vehicle Description: The second row, right hand shoulder sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt belt can become “pinched” between the seat and the door buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assem- frame pillar trim. The shoulder belt may not retract properly, blies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass which does not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety 208, “Occupant crash protection.” The 1994 vehicles have an standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” optional integral (built in) childseat installed next to the power Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be sliding side door. The 1993 involved vehicles have standard properly restrained. seats in that same position. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt Risk: Improper shoulder belt retraction does not provide ad- buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any equate protection to the seat occupant in the event of a sudden safety belt buckle assembly. stop or collision. Correction: Dealers will replace the door frame pillar trim panel with a redesigned trim panel. Also, a caution label will be Lumina apv applied to the child seat advising the owner not to install the 1992, 1993 seat to the passenger side of a vehicle with a power sliding side door. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: vehicle fails to conform to fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The safety belt of the left third Lumina apv row seat on the six passenger van and the center second row 1994 seat of the seven passenger van may lock up and cannot be withdrawn from the retractor. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The occupants of Vehicle Description: The third row safety belt retractors these seats will not be able to use the affected belt. In the event may be installed incorrectly and may lock-up when the vehicle of a vehicle crash, unbelted occupants are at increased risk of is on slopes of less than 15 degrees, which does not comply injury. with fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Correction: Owners are being asked to inspect their vehicles Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Passengers seated to determine if the suspect retractor exhibits a lockup condition. in these positon maybe unable to extract and fasten their Based on this inspection, dealers will replace the safety belts if seatbelts until the vehicle is moved to a more level surface. the belt locks up. Replacement of the suspect safety belt will be Unbelted occupants are more at risk of injury in the event of a available to consumers for the life of the vehicle. collision than those using safety belts. Correction: Dealers will remove third row safety belt retrac- tors and reinstall them properly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 31
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Lumina apv Lumina 1994 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belt retractors for the Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor rear center position are missing a pawl spring and in case of plate exhibits stress cracks. an accident, will allow the safety belt webbing to extend be- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can yond the minimum requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant fracture and injury to the seat occupant can occur. crash protection.” Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt Risk: In the event of an accident the safety belt would system. notrestrain the occupant, subjecting the occupant to increased risk of injuries. Correction: Dealers will inspect the safety belt retractor as- Lumina sembly and replace the retractor if the pawl spring is missing. 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Lumina Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty 1995 trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle plate exhibits stress cracks. safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not fracture, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt system. buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 32
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Malibu Monte Carlo 2004 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty analysis of an a side impact crash test conducted by the trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw nhtsa;s new car assessment program (ncap) indicated that the seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt outboard anchorage of the driver’s seatbelt could disconnect assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do because of contact between the seat trim and the anchorage not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle connector when the seat was adjusted to its lowest position. safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: If this occurred in a crash, the driver could receive Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not greater injuries. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will insert a retainer on both the Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt driver’s and passenger’s belt anchorages. Owner notification buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any began on June 16, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at safety belt buckle assembly. 1-800-630-2438. Optra Monte Carlo 2006, 2007 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain vehicles located in guam Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor and saipan were built with a seatbelt buckle with an improper plate exhibits stress cracks. ultrasonic weld of the spring rib and fixation rib of buckle undercover in both front seatbelts. A spring rib or fixation rib Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can could break and remain inside the buckle, and the seatbelt fracture and injury to the seat occupant can occur. tongue may not be inserted into the buckle, or the push button Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt may become stuck, resulting in an occupant not being able to system. unlatch the buckle. Risk: These buckle malfunctions could prevent a person from using the seatbelt system, and risk of injury to an un- belted person in a crash would be increased. Correction: Dealers will replace the front seatbelt buckle. The recall is expected to begin during November 2007. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 33
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET S10 S10 1993 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The outboard rear safety belt Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty assembly will not release the webbing from the retracted trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw position. This does not meet the requirements of fmvss 209, seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt “seatbelt assemblies.” assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: If the outboard rear safety belt assembly will notrelease safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” the webbing from the retracted position, safety belt use for the seatoccupant is impossible, increasing the risk of injury in an Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not accident. be properly restrained. Correction: Replace any belt that does not freely extend Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt from the retracted position. buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. S10 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Extended cab pickup trucks equipped with 60/40 front bench seats and extended cab pickup trucks and 2-door utility vehicles equipped with manual locking recliner bucket seats. The outboard safety belt web- bing on the driver’s and/or passenger’s seat can separate during a frontal impact. Risk: If a separation occurred and there were secondary crash events or vehicle rollover, there would be no belt re- straint of the occupant and increased injuries could occur. Correction: Dealers will install a protective cover over the recliner mechanism. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 34
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Silverado Silverado 2003, 2004 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Certain extended and regular Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks cab pickup trucks and cargo vans converted to compressed and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seatbelt natural gas (cng) fail to conform to the requirements of federal routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of motor vehicle safety standard no. 225, ‘Child restraint anchor- the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially age systems.’ These vehicles have one seating position, the smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a center rear seat, equipped with child restraint lower anchor- child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, ages. does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with Risk: The standard requires child seat lower anchorages child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older in two seating positions for vehicles with three rear seating child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested positions. The standard cab and cargo van vehicles, which seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is only have front seating positions, have an air bag off switch described in the owner’s manual text. to disable the front passenger air bag and do not have child restraint lower anchorages in the passenger seat. The stan- Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and dard requires passenger seat child seat lower anchorages snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- in vehicles with an air bag off switch. However, the standard pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, does not require vehicles with only front seating positions to and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and have lower anchorage provisions if the vehicle is not equipped internal organ injury. with an air bag off switch. Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a Correction: To bring the standard cab and cargo van portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should vehicles into compliance, dealers will inject epoxy into the air be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The bag off switch to prevent air bag activation, relocate the switch recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at behind the instrument panel and then install a cover over the 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- resulting opening. The sun visor label and owner’s manual will 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. also be changed. The correction for the extended cab vehicle will consist of changing the front passenger seat to a seat that has child restraint lower anchorages. The recall began on September 9, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 35
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Suburban Suburban 1999 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seatbelt cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of crash protection.” the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front pas- smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a senger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, requirements. does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested rects the noncompliance. seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is described in the owner’s manual text. Suburban Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- 2001 pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of internal organ injury. these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mecha- be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The nism, the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at would no longer lock. 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. the no-lock condition. Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 36
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET T10 Tahoe 1993 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: The outboard rear safety belt Vehicle Description: vehicles fail to conform to fmvss no. assembly will not release the webbing from the retracted 210, “Seatbelt anchorages.” The center rear seat lap belt was position. This does not meet the requirements of fmvss 209, improperly routed. “seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The occupant of this Risk: If the outboard rear safety belt assembly will notrelease seat will not be properly restrained in the event of a vehicle the webbing from the retracted position, safety belt use for the crash. seatoccupant is impossible, increasing the risk of injury in an Correction: Instructions for rerouting the center rear seat accident. lap belt will be sent to the vehicle owners. If the owner prefers, Correction: Replace any belt that does not freely extend they can take their vehicle to their dealer and have it rerouted from the retracted position. free of charge by the dealer. T10 Tahoe 2000, 2001 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do crash protection.” not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front pas- safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” senger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not requirements. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any rects the noncompliance. safety belt buckle assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 37
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating Tahoe position, is described in the owner’s manual text. 2001 Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard internal organ injury. seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mecha- Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a nism, the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should would no longer lock. be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- the no-lock condition. 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or Trailblazer they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- 2002 tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Part Recalled: Seatbelts authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- Vehicle Description: Certain light duty pickup trucks and tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. sport utility vehicles fail to conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” One of the two sensors in the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt Tahoe retractors could be inoperative. The seatbelt retractors will lock 2003, 2004, 2005 when the belt webbing is extracted during a crash; however, the mechanism that locks the seatbelt retractor when the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear vehicle decelerates quickly, such as heavy braking, may not Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks operate as intended. and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seatbelt Risk: If this were to occur, the safety belt may not restrain routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of the occupant as intended during a crash, and could result in the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially injury to the occupant. smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver and front pas- does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition senger safety belt retractors, and replace them if necessary. to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with Owner notification began on June 24, 2004. Owners should child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996- child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested 9463, or Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 38
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHEVROLET Venture 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 39
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHRYSLER 300M 300 1999, 2000 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the shoulder height adjustable turning loop (atl) top mounting bolt front shoulder belt adjustable turning loop (atl) bolts may not was inadequately manufactured. have been properly tightened. Risk: The affected mounting bolts may not withstand suf- Risk: This could cause shoulder belt separation in certain ficient force to function properly in certain impact situations, crash conditions, which can increase the risk of injury to front increasing the risk of injury to a belted occupant. seat occupants. Correction: Dealers will replace the shoulder belt height Correction: Dealers will tighten the shoulder belt adjuster adjuster mounting bolts. turning loop bolts to the proper specification. Owner notifica- tion began on July 6, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 300M 2000 300 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor 2005 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The mold- ing flash on the primary lever may prevent the operation of Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear the g-lock and tilt lock functions on some of the driver’s side Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, a retractors. spot welding operation for the rear floorpan reinforcement may not have been performed. Risk: If this occurs in a frontal crash situation, driver protec- tion from the seatbelt may be reduced, increasing the risk of Risk: This could cause the rear seatbelt anchors and/or the injury. child seat anchors to separate in certain crash conditions, which can increase the risk of injury to rear seat passengers. Correction: Dealers will replace the left front retractor as- semblies. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear floorpan reinforce- ment for missing welds and install structural rivets if neces- sary. Owner notification began on July 6, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 40
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHRYSLER Cirrus Concorde 1995 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear seat- Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, belt anchor does not achieve the loading required by fmvss passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the Risk: failure of a seatbelt anchor can result in the loss of standard. seatbelt protection, which could lead to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear seatbelt outboard anchor floor attachments for proper positioning. If the anchor Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- was improperly oriented, the orientation will be corrected. er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable Concorde time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Concorde Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt 2000 shoulder height adjustable turning loop (atl) top mounting bolt was inadequately manufactured. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Risk: The affected mounting bolts may not withstand suf- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The mold- ing flash on the primary lever may prevent the operation of ficient force to function properly in certain impact situations, the g-lock and tilt lock functions on some of the driver’s side increasing the risk of injury to a belted occupant. retractors. Correction: Dealers will replace the shoulder belt height adjuster mounting bolts. Risk: If this occurs in a frontal crash situation, driver protec- tion from the seatbelt may be reduced, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the left front retractor as- semblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 41
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHRYSLER Lhs Lhs 1999, 2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The mold- shoulder height adjustable turning loop (atl) top mounting bolt ing flash on the primary lever may prevent the operation of was inadequately manufactured. the g-lock and tilt lock functions on some of the driver’s side retractors. Risk: The affected mounting bolts may not withstand suf- ficient force to function properly in certain impact situations, Risk: If this occurs in a frontal crash situation, driver protec- increasing the risk of injury to a belted occupant. tion from the seatbelt may be reduced, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the shoulder belt height adjuster mounting bolts. Correction: Dealers will replace the left front retractor as- semblies. Lhs 1999 Sebring Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor 2005 Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- Vehicle Description: On certain sedans, the left and right quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front rear outboard retractor and turning loop bolts on the seatbelts seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the may not have been properly tightened. standard. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect and tighten the affected Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- fasteners. The recall began on November 15, 2004. Owners er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 42
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHRYSLER Town and Country Town and Country 1992, 1993 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. Covers on the Vehicle Description: solid stalk mounted seatbelt buckles can become dislodged Risk: causing the release button to stick inside the cover. The buckle would then be only partially latched. Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace both child seat assemblies with revised seats containing retractor improve- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not ments. The revised seats will also increase child comfort by be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. incorporating protective seatbelt wraps to prevent belt chafe. Correction: Dealers will install a cover retaining clip to the stalk mounted buckle cover to prevent dislocation of the buckle cover. Town and Country 1996, 1997 Town and Country Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat 1992, 1993 Vehicle Description: Multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with integral child seats. This is not a safety recall in Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage accordance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. The center a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On the integral rear seat, right outboard side, safety belt anchor hook can child seat, the shoulder belts restraining the child retract and become unattached from the body anchor position. lock in place after the belt buckle is connected to the latch plate. The latch plate movement locks the belts to make sure Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not the child is restrained in the case of a vehicle crash. be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the anchor hook retaining Risk: The latch plate located in the seat cushion area must be free to move back against its stop after the buckle is clip with a revised profile clip and a cover plate. removed to allow the shoulder belts to be pulled out. Always be sure the area around the latch plate is free of food or other items that might prevent the latch plate from moving back. Correction: Owners are being provided with a video tape and 2 harness clips. The video tape instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 43
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law CHRYSLER Town and Country Town and Country 1996 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The bolts which secure the inte- Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, grated child seat modules to the seat frame can break. passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front Risk: In the event of a vehicle accident, the child seat may seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the not provide adequate protection to the occupant. standard. Correction: Dealers will replace the integrated child seat module bolts. Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- Town and Country er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their 1997, 1998, 1999 vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Vehicle Description: On certain minivans, some trim material can loosen and drop into the rear outboard seatbelt assembly, causing the seatbelt to become inoperative. Town and Country Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be 2005 properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Dealers will replace the trim with foam block- Vehicle Description: After performing the ncap test, it ers and inspect and replace all 3rd row seatbelt assemblies. was discovered that on certain minivans equipped without the Owner notification began June 3, 2002. Owners who take their available ‘stow ‘n go seating option, the right front seatbelt vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service retractor assembly may have been improperly assembled. date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Risk: As a result, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant during certain crash conditions, which can increase the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the retractor assemblies and any seatbelt assembly that does not have the stake will be replaced. Owner notification began on February 23, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 44
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COACH AND EQUIPMENT 3400 E350 1999, 2000, 2001 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain transit buses equipped Vehicle Description: On certain transit buses equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will provide a snap in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will provide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. separating. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owners who do to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Coach & Equipment at contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Coach & Equipment at 1-315-535-7517. 1-315-535-7517. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 45
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COACH AND EQUIPMENT E450 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain transit buses equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will provide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Coach & Equipment at 1-315-535-7517. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 46
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COACHMEN Catalina Mini Motorhome 1999, 2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class c motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will Correction: Am-safe will notify Coachmen customers to inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notifica- charge. tion is expected to begin during May/June 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a Leprechaun reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or 1999, 2000 Coachmen at 1-219-825-5821. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes Mirada equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On 1999, 2000 some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On cupant is not properly restrained. some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will a collision. inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 47
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COACHMEN Pathfinder Sportscoach 1999, 2000 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. charge. Santara 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A and C motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 48
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COLLINS Bantam Grand bantam 1999 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Single-rear-wheel and dual-rear- Vehicle Description: Certain my 2005 and 2006 Collins wheel school buses built on Chevrolet 3500 van cutaway bantam, grand bantam, super bantam, and omni school buses chassis. Certain buses are equipped with school bus certified manufactured between November 2005 and June 2006, for safety seats which may not meet the requirements of fmvss failing to comply with all the requirements of federal motor no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” vehicle safety standard no. 209, Seatbelt Assemblies, and no. 210, Seatbelt Assembly anchorages. The web of the belt rubs Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may up against the retractor’s metal sleeve causing friction and not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal abrasion, and over time, may fray the belt. injury. Correction: Collins will provide replacement seat legs for Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained possibly resulting in injury. these buses. Correction: Collins will notify owners and replace the seat- belt free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about Bantam January 21, 2008. Owners may contact Collins at 1-800-533- 2005, 2006 1850. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Certain my 2005 and 2006 Collins bantam, grand bantam, super bantam, and omni school buses manufactured between November 2005 and June 2006, for failing to comply with all the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, Seatbelt Assemblies, and no. 210, Seatbelt Assembly anchorages. The web of the belt rubs up against the retractor’s metal sleeve causing friction and abrasion, and over time, may fray the belt. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained possibly resulting in injury. Correction: Collins will notify owners and replace the seat- belt free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about January 21, 2008. Owners may contact Collins at 1-800-533- 1850. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 49
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COLLINS Omni Super bantam 2005, 2006 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Certain my 2005 and 2006 Collins Vehicle Description: Certain my 2005 and 2006 Collins bantam, grand bantam, super bantam, and omni school buses bantam, grand bantam, super bantam, and omni school buses manufactured between November 2005 and June 2006, for manufactured between November 2005 and June 2006, for failing to comply with all the requirements of federal motor failing to comply with all the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, Seatbelt Assemblies, and no. vehicle safety standard no. 209, Seatbelt Assemblies, and no. 210, Seatbelt Assembly anchorages. The web of the belt rubs 210, Seatbelt Assembly anchorages. The web of the belt rubs up against the retractor’s metal sleeve causing friction and up against the retractor’s metal sleeve causing friction and abrasion, and over time, may fray the belt. abrasion, and over time, may fray the belt. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained possibly resulting in injury. not be properly restrained possibly resulting in injury. Correction: Collins will notify owners and replace the seat- Correction: Collins will notify owners and replace the seat- belt free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about belt free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about January 21, 2008. Owners may contact Collins at 1-800-533- January 21, 2008. Owners may contact Collins at 1-800-533- 1850. 1850. Super bantam 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Single-rear-wheel and dual-rear- wheel school buses built on Chevrolet 3500 van cutaway chassis. Certain buses are equipped with school bus certified safety seats which may not meet the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Collins will provide replacement seat legs for these buses. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 50
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COUNTRY COACH Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle Bc occupant is not properly restrained. 2000, 2001 Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly buckle assemblies free of charge. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Mha the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. 2000, 2001 Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with buckle assemblies free of charge. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Mat cupant is not properly restrained. 2000, 2001 Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly buckle assemblies free of charge. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Mhi the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. 2000, 2001 Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with buckle assemblies free of charge. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Mc cupant is not properly restrained. 2001 Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly buckle assemblies free of charge. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 51
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law COUNTRY COACH Mhl Mhm 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. buckle assemblies free of charge. DAMON Challenger Daybreak 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Damon’s customers to return Correction: Am-safe notified Damon’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. repaired free of charge. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 52
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DAMON Escaper Ultrasport 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Damon’s customers to return Correction: Am-safe notified Damon’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. repaired free of charge. Intruder 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Damon’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 53
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Caravan Caravan 1992, 1993 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. Covers on the Vehicle Description: solid stalk mounted seatbelt buckles can become dislodged Risk: causing the release button to stick inside the cover. The buckle would then be only partially latched. Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace both child seat assemblies with revised seats containing retractor improve- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not ments. The revised seats will also increase child comfort by be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. incorporating protective seatbelt wraps to prevent belt chafe. Correction: Dealers will install a cover retaining clip to the stalk mounted buckle cover to prevent dislocation of the buckle cover. Caravan 1996, 1997 Caravan Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat 1992, 1993 Vehicle Description: Multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with integral child seats. This is not a safety recall in Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage accordance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. The center a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On the integral rear seat, right outboard side, safety belt anchor hook can child seat, the shoulder belts restraining the child retract and become unattached from the body anchor position. lock in place after the belt buckle is connected to the latch plate. The latch plate movement locks the belts to make sure Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not the child is restrained in the case of a vehicle crash. be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the anchor hook retaining Risk: The latch plate located in the seat cushion area must be free to move back against its stop after the buckle is clip with a revised profile clip and a cover plate. removed to allow the shoulder belts to be pulled out. Always be sure the area around the latch plate is free of food or other items that might prevent the latch plate from moving back. Correction: Owners are being provided with a video tape and 2 harness clips. The video tape instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 54
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Caravan Caravan 1996 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The bolts which secure the inte- Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, grated child seat modules to the seat frame can break. passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front Risk: In the event of a vehicle accident, the child seat may seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the not provide adequate protection to the occupant. standard. Correction: Dealers will replace the integrated child seat module bolts. Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- Caravan er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their 1997, 1998, 1999 vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Vehicle Description: On certain minivans, some trim material can loosen and drop into the rear outboard seatbelt assembly, causing the seatbelt to become inoperative. Caravan Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be 2005 properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Dealers will replace the trim with foam block- Vehicle Description: After performing the ncap test, it ers and inspect and replace all 3rd row seatbelt assemblies. was discovered that on certain minivans equipped without the Owner notification began June 3, 2002. Owners who take their available ‘stow ‘n go seating option, the right front seatbelt vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service retractor assembly may have been improperly assembled. date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Risk: As a result, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant during certain crash conditions, which can increase the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the retractor assemblies and any seatbelt assembly that does not have the stake will be replaced. Owner notification began on February 23, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 55
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Colt Dakota 1992, 1993 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The guide rail on the driver’s side Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, contains a covered cable and also an angled belt guide at the passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- top end of the webbing. The combination of these factors can quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front lead, over time, to the cable’s movement exerting abrading seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the force to the lower edges of the cable’s chamber, sufficient to standard. cause the cable to drop out of the chamber with the shoulder Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- belt anchorage becoming stuck. equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- properly restrained. er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their Correction: Dealers will install a new replacement guide rail vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service that incorporates a double lip dust seal and an anodic oxide date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable coating. time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Dakota Quad Cab Durango 2001 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: quad cab pickup trucks. The front Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, outboard lower seatbelt anchor bolts may not be tightened passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- correctly. quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the Risk: An improperly tightened seatbelt anchor may not pro- standard. vide the anticipated level of occupant restraint in a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver and passenger Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. side lower seatbelt anchor bolts and tighten to specification. Owner notification began July 19, 2001. Owners who take Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon ser- er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their vice date and do not receive the free remedy within a reason- vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service able time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 56
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Grand Caravan Grand Caravan 1992, 1993 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. Covers on the Vehicle Description: solid stalk mounted seatbelt buckles can become dislodged Risk: causing the release button to stick inside the cover. The buckle would then be only partially latched. Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace both child seat assemblies with revised seats containing retractor improve- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not ments. The revised seats will also increase child comfort by be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. incorporating protective seatbelt wraps to prevent belt chafe. Correction: Dealers will install a cover retaining clip to the stalk mounted buckle cover to prevent dislocation of the buckle cover. Grand caravan 1996, 1997 Grand Caravan Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat 1992, 1993 Vehicle Description: Multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with integral child seats. This is not a safety recall in Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage accordance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. The center a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On the integral rear seat, right outboard side, safety belt anchor hook can child seat, the shoulder belts restraining the child retract and become unattached from the body anchor position. lock in place after the belt buckle is connected to the latch plate. The latch plate movement locks the belts to make sure Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not the child is restrained in the case of a vehicle crash. be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the anchor hook retaining Risk: The latch plate located in the seat cushion area must be free to move back against its stop after the buckle is clip with a revised profile clip and a cover plate. removed to allow the shoulder belts to be pulled out. Always be sure the area around the latch plate is free of food or other items that might prevent the latch plate from moving back. Correction: Owners are being provided with a video tape and 2 harness clips. The video tape instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 57
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Grand caravan Intrepid 1996 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The bolts which secure the inte- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt grated child seat modules to the seat frame can break. shoulder height adjustable turning loop (atl) top mounting bolt was inadequately manufactured. Risk: In the event of a vehicle accident, the child seat may not provide adequate protection to the occupant. Risk: The affected mounting bolts may not withstand suf- ficient force to function properly in certain impact situations, Correction: Dealers will replace the integrated child seat increasing the risk of injury to a belted occupant. module bolts. Correction: Dealers will replace the shoulder belt height adjuster mounting bolts. Grand caravan 2005 Intrepid Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor 1999 Vehicle Description: After performing the ncap test, it was discovered that on certain minivans equipped without the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor available ‘stow ‘n go seating option, the right front seatbelt Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, retractor assembly may have been improperly assembled. passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front Risk: As a result, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the occupant during certain crash conditions, which can increase standard. the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the retractor assemblies Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. and any seatbelt assembly that does not have the stake will be replaced. Owner notification began on February 23, 2004. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 58
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Intrepid Magnum 2000 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The mold- Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, a ing flash on the primary lever may prevent the operation of spot welding operation for the rear floorpan reinforcement may the g-lock and tilt lock functions on some of the driver’s side not have been performed. retractors. Risk: This could cause the rear seatbelt anchors and/or the Risk: If this occurs in a frontal crash situation, driver protec- child seat anchors to separate in certain crash conditions, tion from the seatbelt may be reduced, increasing the risk of which can increase the risk of injury to rear seat passengers. injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear floorpan reinforce- Correction: Dealers will replace the left front retractor as- ment for missing welds and install structural rivets if neces- semblies. sary. Owner notification began on July 6, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Magnum 2005 Monaco Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front 1992 Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage front shoulder belt adjustable turning loop (atl) bolts may not Vehicle Description: The automatic shoulder belt sys- have been properly tightened. tems can malfunction and become inoperative. Risk: This could cause shoulder belt separation in certain Risk: The lack of passive restraints could increase the risk of crash conditions, which can increase the risk of injury to front personal injury in the event of a vehicle collision. seat occupants. Correction: Dealers will replace the system track and Correction: Dealers will tighten the shoulder belt adjuster drive assembly on automatic shoulder belt systems which are turning loop bolts to the proper specification. Owner notifica- currently inoperative and those systems when they become tion began on July 6, 2004. Owners should contact Daimler inoperative in the future. Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 59
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Ram 1500 Ram 2006 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain pickup trucks fail to conform Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The front seat- to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard belt buckles were not properly riveted to the support strap. no. 208, occupant crash protection. The front passenger Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt assembly seatbelt may not be able to tighten securely on certain model would have reduced strength, increasing the risk of personal child seats. injury. Risk: This can increase the risk of injury to a child seat oc- Correction: Dealers will replace the front outer seatbelt cupant in the event of a crash. buckles with buckles that have been properly riveted. Correction: Dealers will replace the front passenger seatbelt. The recall began on October 20, 2006. Owners may contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Ram 1999 Ram Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor 1994 Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with re- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly quirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front Vehicle Description: The cinch bar component within the seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the passenger side safety belt buckle assembly shatters causing standard. the belt to release. Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- Risk: The passenger would not be properly restrained and equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. could be injured in the event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- Correction: Dealers will replace the cinch bar with a newly er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their designed part. vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 60
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGE Spirit Stratus 1994 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: The safety belt anchors (buckle lock Vehicle Description: On certain sedans, the left and right bars) do not meet the static load requirements of fmvss no. rear outboard retractor and turning loop bolts on the seatbelts 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” may not have been properly tightened. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In event of an ac- Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be cident, the seatbelt assembly may fail, exposing the restrained properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. occupants to a greater risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and tighten the affected Correction: The traveling safety belt lock bar assemblies fasteners. The recall began on November 15, 2004. Owners will be replaced on these vehicles. should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Stratus Viper 1995 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear seat- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with belt anchor does not achieve the loading required by fmvss racing option (acr or gt2). The 5-point racing seatbelt harness, no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” which is optional equipment on the viper may not meet the voluntary load specifications set forth by the fia (federation Risk: failure of a seatbelt anchor can result in the loss of InterNationale de l’automobile). seatbelt protection, which could lead to serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Risk: In the event of a crash, the harness may not properly restrain an occupant, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear seatbelt outboard anchor floor attachments for proper positioning. If the anchor Correction: The 5-point racing harness will be replaced. was improperly oriented, the orientation will be corrected. Owner notification began February 25, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800- 853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 61
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DODGEN Motorhome 2002 Part Recalled: Seat belts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: One 22’ escort motor home equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, am-safe, will pro- vide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seat belt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: This motor home has been corrected. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 62
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law DUCATI 1098 2007 Part Recalled: Engine and engine cooling:engine:gasoline: belts and associated pulleys Vehicle Description: On certain motorcycles, the hori- zontal and vertical cylinders mobile timing belt tensioner is dimensionally incorrect. Risk: The mobile tensioner can come into contact with the timing belt cover which could cause the timing belt to fail and consequently stop the engine increasing the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the existing mobile timing belt tensioner using updated components. The recall is ex- pected to begin during may 2007. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-408-253-0499. EAGLE Premier Summit 1992 1992, 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The automatic shoulder belt sys- Vehicle Description: The guide rail on the driver’s side tems can malfunction and become inoperative. contains a covered cable and also an angled belt guide at the Risk: The lack of passive restraints could increase the risk of top end of the webbing. The combination of these factors can personal injury in the event of a vehicle collision. lead, over time, to the cable’s movement exerting abrading force to the lower edges of the cable’s chamber, sufficient to Correction: Dealers will replace the system track and cause the cable to drop out of the chamber with the shoulder drive assembly on automatic shoulder belt systems which are belt anchorage becoming stuck. currently inoperative and those systems when they become inoperative in the future. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will install a new replacement guide rail that incorporates a double lip dust seal and an anodic oxide coating. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 63
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ELDORADO Eldorado Transit bus 2000 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: On certain transit buses equipped Vehicle Description: On certain transit buses equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. separating. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” Correction: Owners will be provided a snap-on “over-cover” to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owners who do to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266-8301 or Eldorado National at 909- contact amsafe at 574-266-8301 or Eldorado National at 909- 591-9557. 591-9557. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 64
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law EUROPA G-500 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles (long wheel base). An incorrect size/shape of the metal body housing where the right front seatbelt is secured allows the seatbelt reel to rub against the external housing. Risk: This condition can affect the performance of the as- sembly, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect, modify, and, if necessary, replace the seatbelt reel. EXPLORER VAN Astro 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 1993 Vehicle Description: with the driver seat in the forward Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage most position, the safety belt is excessively tight for persons Vehicle Description: with the driver seat in the forward whose dimensions are those of a 95th percentile male, result- most position, the safety belt is excessively tight for persons ing in non-compliance with fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash whose dimensions are those of a 95th percentile male, result- protection.” ing in non-compliance with fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash Risk: The driver would be discouraged from use of the protection.” safetybelt assembly due to the uncomfortable fit, exposing the Risk: The driver would be discouraged from use of the driver to a greaterrisk of serious injury or death in the event of safetybelt assembly due to the uncomfortable fit, exposing the an accident. driver to a greaterrisk of serious injury or death in the event of Correction: The factory safety belt buckle assembly will be an accident. replaced using a substitute buckle assembly which has the Correction: The factory safety belt buckle assembly will be capability of being extended to achieve the proper fit for 95th replaced using a substitute buckle assembly which has the percentile males. capability of being extended to achieve the proper fit for 95th percentile males. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 65
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FERRARI 348 512Tr 1994, 1995 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The automatic Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the seatbelt slider can become jammed when the slider tape passive restraint system may not function correctly. Inconsis- separates from the take-up reel, illuminating the seatbelt tent electrical operation of the automatic track assembly has warning light. Should such a condition occur, the belt must be been experienced. positioned and fastened manually by connecting the belt to the Risk: If the passive restraint system experiences an electri- fixed anchor point. cal or mechanical failure, the seat occupant would not be fully Risk: The occupant may not realize that the seatbelt can be protected. operated manually, and does not use the restraint system, Correction: Dealers will replace all the main components of increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a vehicle the passive seatbelt system. This includes the electronic con- crash. trol units, the retractor mechanism, and both the right and left Correction: Dealers will replace the complete passive motor driven track assemblies. Owner notification began April restraint seatbelt system. 24, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ferrari at 512M 1-201-816-2651. 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts F355 Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the 1995 passive restraint system may not function correctly. Inconsis- tent electrical operation of the automatic track assembly has Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage been experienced. Vehicle Description: The passenger side seatbelt Risk: If the passive restraint system experiences an electri- mechanism which is fitted with the child safety seat locking cal or mechanical failure, the seat occupant would not be fully mechanism was fitted on the driver side and the driver’s side protected. seatbelt mechanism without the locking mechanism fitted on the passenger side. Correction: Dealers will replace all the main components of the passive seatbelt system. This includes the electronic con- Risk: The seatbelt mechanism (without the locking device) trol units, the retractor mechanism, and both the right and left may not lock fast enough and could allow excessive movement motor driven track assemblies. Owner notification began April of the child safety seat in the event of an accident. 24, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelt mechanisms to dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the determine whether they have been installed on the proper side free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ferrari at of the vehicle and, if necessary, dismount and remount the 1-201-816-2651. mechanisms on the correct side. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 66
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain Contour seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- 1995 les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and Vehicle Description: Cracks have been found in the do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should front safety belt outboard anchor tabs due to a combination of contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. hydrogen embrittlement of the tab and stress introduced during attacHMEnt of the anchor tab to the seat frame. This does not conform with the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt as- Crown Victoria sembly anchorages.” 1995 Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: A fracture or separa- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage tion in this area would reduce the load that the anchor and the front safety belt anchorages could sustain, increasing the risk Vehicle Description: The rivets holding the rear outboard of injury in a vehicle collisoin. belt d-rings were not heat treated properly causing the heads of the rivets to fracture under load and fail to hold the d-rings to Correction: Dealers will inspect and install an anchor tab the straps. This does not conform to the requirements of fmvss reinforcement or replacement of the complete front seatbelt no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” assembly if an anchor tab is found to have fractured. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of the safety belt in the Contour event of an accident. 2000 Correction: Dealers will install a reinforcement plate on the rear outboard seatbelt assembly anchorages involved in this Part Recalled: Seatbelts campaign. Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Crown Victoria assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using aftermar- be properly restrained. ket driver’s seatbelt assemblies that were sold by Ford parts departments from January 1, through June 13, 2000. These seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the requirements of fm- vss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The equipment involved is service stock seatbelt assemblies, model nos. H 9977, h 9979, Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 67
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw vehicle safety systems, inc. (Trw) manufactured from June 1, 1998 through May 21, 2000. Crown Victoria Some of these seatbelt assemblies may have been installed 2000 as service replacement equipment on the vehicles involved in the recall. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These vehicles restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. may have been built with the left rear seatbelt retractor attach- ing bolts incorrectly tightened. Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these Risk: In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant may not vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will tighten the retractor mounting bolts to the specified torque. Crown Victoria 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Crown Victoria Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 2001 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using after- market front passenger side seatbelt assemblies that were Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly sold by Ford parts departments from January 1, through June Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, 13, 2000. These seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s equipment involved is service stock seatbelt assemblies, outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict model nos. H 9977, h 9979, t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not vehicle safety systems, inc. (Trw) manufactured from June 1, provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of 1998 through May 21, 2000. Some of these seatbelt assem- personal injury to the seat occupant. blies may have been installed as service replacement equip- ment on the vehicles involved in the recall. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 68
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Correction: Trw will notify the customers who purchased Escape the replacement seatbelt assemblies free of charge. The recall 2001 began on August 27, 2004. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles, a Escort post within the safety belt buckle covers could fracture, which 2000 could affect latch function, resulting in either a no latch or partial latch condition. In the partial latch condition, the buckle Part Recalled: Seatbelts tongue can be inserted into the buckle and appear to be en- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty gaged, but will release from the buckle without the push button trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw being depressed when a relatively low load is applied, such as seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt when an occupant moves slightly in the seat. assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Correction: Dealers will have the driver and front passenger Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not safety belt buckle cover removed and replaced with a newly be properly restrained. designed service buckle cover. Owner notification began on Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain February 2, 2004. Owners should contact Ford at 1-800-392- seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- 3673. les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and Escort do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Certain trw driver’s side seatbelts Excursion manufactured on December 6 and 9, 2002, for use as re- 2001 placement equipment for 1997 Ford escort 4-door and station wagon platform vehicles, Ford’s p/n f7cz54611b09aac. The Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly seatbelt assemblies exhibit a no-lock condition which does Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied Seatbelt assemblies. by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict provide adequate protection to the seat occupant, which may Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not increase the risk of personal injury. provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 69
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will be properly restrained. be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and Expedition do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly F150 Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied 1997 by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict Vehicle Description: The seat elt anchorage attachments Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not are missing or misinstalled on these vehicles. provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of Risk: A loose fastener can eventually detach and would not personal injury to the seat occupant. properly restrain an occupant in the event of a vehicle acci- Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt dent. buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will Correction: Dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners the seatbelt anchorage attachments. who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. F150 2000 Explorer Part Recalled: Seatbelts 2000 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Part Recalled: Seatbelts trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” be properly restrained. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 70
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- F150 les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- 2001 tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should Vehicle Description: Regular cab pickup trucks. The contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. driver side seatbelt retractor may not fully retract the belt. Risk: This could cause slack in the seatbelt when worn, F150 increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant, in the event of a crash. 2001 Correction: Dealers will replace the driver’s side seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly assembly. Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s F250 outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict 2001 Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, personal injury to the seat occupant. pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a personal injury to the seat occupant. reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 71
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt F350 buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will 2001 be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s F550 outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict 2001 Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will F450 be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners 2001 who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 72
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Mustang Probe 1992 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: note: Passenger side (right) seatbelt Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt assembly. The rail of the automatic shoulder belt can wear suf- retractor may have a pin shaft in the switchable elr/alr mecha- ficiently such that the cable which retracts the buckle assembly nism that is incorrectly formed. In some circumstances, the will become jammed in the rail rendering the shoulder belt switching mechanism could become nonfunctional, preventing inoperative. the seatbelt webbing from being extracted from the retractor. It is also possible that malfunction of the mechanism could Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant would not prevent the belt from being switched into the alr mode. The elr be adequately restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. mechanism is not affected by this condition. Correction: Dealers will replace driver side and inoperative Risk: If the mechanism malfunctions and does not allow the passenger side shoulder belt track assemblies. webbing to be extracted, the lap and shoulder belt could not be worn by a vehicle occupant. In the event that the mechanism does not allow the alr mode to be engaged, the operator may Ranger be unable to properly install a child seat in that seating posi- 2000 tion. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap and shoulder belt Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty assemblies. Assemblies with julian date codes of 200 through trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw 223 are suspect and will be replaced. seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Probe not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” 1992 Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing be properly restrained. Vehicle Description: note: Driver’s side (left) passive Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain seatbelt assembly. The rail of the automatic shoulder belt can seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- wear sufficiently such that the cable which retracts the buckle les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- assembly will become jammed in the rail rendering the shoul- tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles der belt inoperative. to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant would not do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should be adequately restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Correction: Dealers will replace driver side and inoperative passenger side shoulder belt track assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 73
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Ranger Taurus 2001 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied retractor may have a pin shaft in the switchable elr/alr mecha- by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s nism that is incorrectly formed. In some circumstances, the outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict switching mechanism could become nonfunctional, preventing Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not the seatbelt webbing from being extracted from the retractor. provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of It is also possible that malfunction of the mechanism could personal injury to the seat occupant. prevent the belt from being switched into the alr mode. The elr mechanism is not affected by this condition. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will Risk: If the mechanism malfunctions and does not allow the be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners webbing to be extracted, the lap and shoulder belt could not be who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed worn by a vehicle occupant. In the event that the mechanism upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a does not allow the alr mode to be engaged, the operator may reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. be unable to properly install a child seat in that seating posi- tion. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap and shoulder belt Taurus assemblies. Assemblies with julian date codes of 200 through 1998, 1999 223 are suspect and will be replaced. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with manual seat tracks. The front seatbelt buckle attaching stud may have been improperly heat treated. This heat treatment may have resulted in cracks developing in the stud. Risk: If the stud is cracked, in the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle mount- ing bracket and stud assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 74
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the vehicle occupant Taurus may not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal 2001 injury or death. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Correction: Dealers will replace the driver and right front passenger seatbelt buckles. Owner notification began may 4, Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The child 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer safety seat anchor latch (iso-fix anchor) fasteners do not have on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free adequate residual torque. The anchors are secured to the floor remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800- pan with a reinforcement plate that has two studs that extend 392-3673. upward through the floor pan and the iso-fix anchor. The sealer on the floor pan could cause a soft joint and, even if the nuts are properly torqued, road vibrations could cause the nut to Thunderbird work its way completely off the stud. 2002 Risk: The anchor may not hold the child safety seat in posi- tion during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing occupant of the child safety seat. Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Correction: Dealers will remove and re-install the bracket driver’s side seatbelt contacted the seat recliner during a 35 nut using a torque retention material (red loctite). Owner mph ncap full-frontal barrier impact test. notification began September 11, 2000. Owners who take their Risk: The edge of the recliner mechanism caused a partial vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service cut in the lap portion of the webbing. If the webbing is cut, it date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable increases the risk of injury in a crash. time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Correction: Dealers will install an insert behind the driver side seat lower trim panel. Owner notification began June 21, Taurus 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free 2001 remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 866-436-7332. Vehicle Description: Passenger cars. The seatbelt buckle tongue may not fully eject from the buckle assembly when the release button is pushed slowly. This condition could also result in a partial latch of the tongue in the buckle. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 75
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORD Windstar Windstar 2000 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not personal injury to the seat occupant. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 76
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FOREST RIVER Forester Lexington 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. Georgetown Motorhome 2004 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat cupant is not properly restrained. occupant. Correction: Am-safe notified Forest River customers to Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seat- buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or belts repaired free of charge. Am-safe is conducting the owner Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. notification for this campaign. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 77
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FOREST RIVER Reflection Sunseeker 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. Regency 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 78
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FORETRAVEL Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Gv320 buckle assemblies. 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly U320 Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with 2001 safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with cupant is not properly restrained. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective U270 buckle assemblies. 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Unicoach Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with 2004 safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply cupant is not properly restrained. with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. buckle assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the seat frame, which could result in a crash. U295 Correction: villa InterNational will inspect the belt latch 2001 bolt and install a bushing and a grade 5 bolt (see 03e-061). Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with within a reasonable time should contact villa InterNational at safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, 1-714-535-7272 or Foretravel at 1-936-564-8367. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 79
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FOUR WINDS Chateau Four Winds 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- 1111. 1111. DutcHMEn Fun mover 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- 1111. 1111. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 80
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FOUR WINDS Hurricane Majestic 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- 1111. 1111. Infinity Windsport 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- Correction: Am-safe notified Four Winds’ customers to re- turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- mercial products at 219-266-8330 or Four Winds at 219-266- 1111. 1111. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 81
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FREIGHTLINER Risk: In the event of a crash, the seatbelt assembly anchor- American Lafrance age may not hold an occupant increasing the risk of personal 1997, 1998 injury or death. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Correction: Dealers will make the necessary repairs to the seatbelt assembly anchorages. Vehicle Description: fire apparatus cabs equipped with center mounted rear seats. The upper d-ring seatbelt anchor- ages for the rear seats fail to comply to the requirements of Fl-60 fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” 1992 Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the rear seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage injury. Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled Correction: Dealers will replace these d-ring anchorages. with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet American Lafrance fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating positions are provided. 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater Vehicle Description: Certain fire trucks fail to comply with risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- ages.” The forward facing rear seatbelt anchorages do not Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. comply. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Additional reinforcements will be added to the seatbelt anchorages. Century 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Due to undersized rivets and over- sized holes, the b-pillar anchorage will not meet the require- ments of federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 82
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FREIGHTLINER Fl-70 Fld-120 1992 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled Vehicle Description: washers were not installed on the with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the passenger side retractor and outboard safety belt anchors. anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the This does not meet the requirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seat- inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet ing systems,” and fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating ages.” positions are provided. Risk: Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to Correction: Dealers will install washers at both locations. theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar Fld and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. 1993, 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Fl-80 Vehicle Description: Heavy duty trucks converted from 1992 sleeper cabs to day cabs fail to comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Risk: The seat occupant may not be properly restrained in Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled the event of a crash. with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the Correction: Dealers will install reinforcements to the inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet seatbelt anchorages. Owner notification began December 31, fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer positions are provided. on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Freightliner at Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to 1-800-547-0712. theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 83
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law FREIGHTLINER Mb-60 Mb-80 1992 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating positions are provided. positions are provided. Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. Mb-70 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: A number of cabs were assembled with fewer welds than specified in the upper b pillar near the anchorage for the seatbelt. Welding materials used on the inboard anchorage bracket under the cab deck will not meet fmvss no. 210 Load test requirements when three seating positions are provided. Risk: Safety belt anchorage systems that do not comply to theload test requirements subject the seat occupant to greater risk of injury inthe event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Add reinforcement welds in the upper b pillar and add fasteners to the lower deck anchorage bracket. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 84
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GEO Prizm Tracker 1994 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The front seatbelt buckle anchor Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles. Mislabeled straps were not properly heat treated. In the event of an ac- seatbelts intended for 2-door model vehicles were installed in cident, the seatbelt buckle can separate from the anchor strap. the 4-door front passenger seatbelt location. For the passen- This does not conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 209, ger seat safety belt, if the child seat mode has been engaged “Seatbelt assemblies.” or the belt is extended during normal use and then retracted, Risk: If the seatbelt buckle separates from the anchor strapin the belt cannot be extended again and is unusable. The reset a sudden stop or accident, the seat occupant is exposed to function to normal emergency mode does not work because increased risk ofpersonal injury. the 2-door belt webbing is shorter. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle assembly anchor Risk: In a crash, an unbelted occupant could receive severe straps and replace those with suspect date codes “52733d injuries. 032” or “52733d 042”. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace incorrect seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification began may 3, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800- 222-1020. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 85
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GIRARDIN Mbii Mbiv 2003 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: My 2003 mbii & mbiv school buses Vehicle Description: My 2003 mbii & mbiv school buses built on Ford e-350 & e-450, gm 3500 chassis, and manufac- built on Ford e-350 & e-450, gm 3500 chassis, and manufac- tured between August 25 and September 17, 2003. These tured between August 25 and September 17, 2003. These buses are equipped with beam’s industries seatbelts. The buses are equipped with beam’s industries seatbelts. The metal frame of the seatbelt buckle may fracture due to possible metal frame of the seatbelt buckle may fracture due to possible embrittlement of the steel, resulting in a potential release of embrittlement of the steel, resulting in a potential release of the engaged tongue during use. These seatbelt assemblies do the engaged tongue during use. These seatbelt assemblies do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the buckle may unlatch, Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the buckle may unlatch, and possible injury or death could occur to the seat occupant. and possible injury or death could occur to the seat occupant. Correction: beam’s industries will notify the customers of Correction: beam’s industries will notify the customers of Girardin directly and will provide them with the remedy and Girardin directly and will provide them with the remedy and installation instructions free of charge. Owners should contact installation instructions free of charge. Owners should contact beam’s at 1-888-343-9266 or Girardin at 1-819-477-8222. beam’s at 1-888-343-9266 or Girardin at 1-819-477-8222. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 86
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC C series C15 2001 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies re- seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could lease at or near the same time, acceleration forces can cause be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mechanism, the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the buckle the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt to separate from the latch. would no longer lock. Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from adequate occupant restraint protection. the no-lock condition. Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- C15 tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an 1994, 1995 authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. C/k series 208, “Occupant crash protection.” 1999 Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage seats may not be properly restrained. Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks. The Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of seatbelts fail to conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 209, the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed “Seatbelt assemblies.” energy-management twin-loop system. Risk: The seatbelts may not restrain an occupant properly in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace both the front driver and passenger seatbelts with new seatbelts. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 87
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC C15 C25 1999 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. crash protection.” 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front passenger Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these restraint systems may not meet the neck extension require- seats may not be properly restrained. ments. Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- energy-management twin-loop system. rects the noncompliance. C35 C25 1994, 1995 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies re- energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies re- lease at or near the same time, acceleration forces can cause lease at or near the same time, acceleration forces can cause the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the buckle the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the buckle to separate from the latch. to separate from the latch. Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide adequate occupant restraint protection. adequate occupant restraint protection. Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 88
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Vehicle Description: Certain light duty pickup trucks and C35 sport utility vehicles fail to conform to federal motor vehicle 1994, 1995 safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” One of the two sensors in the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front retractors could be inoperative. The seatbelt retractors will lock Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front when the belt webbing is extracted during a crash; however, seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may the mechanism that locks the seatbelt retractor when the not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. vehicle decelerates quickly, such as heavy braking, may not 208, “Occupant crash protection.” operate as intended. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these Risk: If this were to occur, the safety belt may not restrain the seats may not be properly restrained. occupant as intended during a crash, and could result in injury Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of to the occupant. the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver and front pas- energy-management twin-loop system. senger safety belt retractors, and replace them if necessary. Owner notification began on June 24, 2004. Owners should Denali contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996- 9463, or Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537. 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Jimmy Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport 1996, 1997 utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant Part Recalled: Seatbelts crash protection.” Vehicle Description: Extended cab pickup trucks Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front passenger equipped with 60/40 front bench seats and extended cab restraint systems may not meet the neck extension require- pickup trucks and 2-door utility vehicles equipped with manual ments. locking recliner bucket seats. The outboard safety belt webbing on the driver’s and/or passenger’s seat can separate during a Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the frontal impact. passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- rects the noncompliance. Risk: If a separation occurred and there were secondary crash events or vehicle rollover, there would be no belt re- straint of the occupant and increased injuries could occur. Envoy Correction: Dealers will install a protective cover over the 2002 recliner mechanism. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 89
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Jimmy Jimmy 1997 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles were Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty built with a driver’s seatbelt buckle assembly that contains an trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw energy-absorbing loop. Sustained loads of sufficient magnitude seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt and duration on the belt in severe crashes could fully deploy assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do the buckle energy-absorbing loop, introducing a total of 10 not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle additional inches of webbing into the seatbelt system. The free safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” falling latch plate used in this system may allow webbing to Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not dynamically distribute between the lap and shoulder belt as the be properly restrained. driver’s position changes during a multiple rollover event. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt Risk: If the energy-absorbing loop fully deploys in a severe buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any multiple rollover crash, it is possible that a belted driver may safety belt buckle assembly. experience partial or even complete ejection from the vehicle. Correction: Dealers will replace the energy-absorbing seatbelt assemblies with one that does not have the energy- absorbing loop. Owner notification began on August 8, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800- 222-1020, GMC at 1-800-462-8782, or Oldsmobile at 1-800- 442-6537. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 90
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC S10 1996, 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1993 Vehicle Description: The outboard safety belt webbing on Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage the right-hand rear bucket seat can separate during a vehicle Vehicle Description: The outboard rear safety belt as- crash. sembly will not release the webbing from the retracted position. Risk: In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant would not This does not meet the requirements of fmvss 209, “seatbelt be properly restrained and personal injury could result. assemblies.” Correction: Dealers will install a protector on the rear seat Risk: If the outboard rear safety belt assembly will notrelease cushion frame. the webbing from the retracted position, safety belt use for the seatoccupant is impossible, increasing the risk of injury in an accident. Savana Correction: Replace any belt that does not freely extend 2003 from the retracted position. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain vans with a gross vehicle 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 weight of less than 8,500 pounds, during a vehicle crash suf- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:warning light/devices ficient enough to deploy the safety belt pretensioner, the front Vehicle Description: Mini vans. Some of these vehicles safety belt buckles may not release after the vehicle crash, or fail to comply with requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant alternately may eject the safety belt latch during the vehicle crash protection.” The “fasten safety-belt” Audible warning oc- crash. casionally may not come on or may terminate in less than four Risk: This could result in increased risk of personal injury. seconds as required by the standard. Correction: Dealers will replace the front driver and passen- Risk: This does not meet the requirements of the standard. ger side safety belt buckle. Owner notification began June 3, Correction: Dealers will install a new alarm module. Owner 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer notification began June 27, 2001. Owners who take their on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 91
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Savana Savana 2003 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain extended and regular cab Vehicle Description: On certain full-size passenger, pickup trucks and cargo vans converted to compressed natural cargo, or cutaway vans, the front and rear seatbelt buckles will gas (cng) fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor not latch or will not unlatch. vehicle safety standard no. 225, ‘Child restraint anchorage sys- Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be tems.’ These vehicles have one seating position, the center properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. rear seat, equipped with child restraint lower anchorages. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckles and, if found to Risk: The standard requires child seat lower anchorages be inoperative, the entire buckle assembly would be replaced. in two seating positions for vehicles with three rear seating For buckles found to be operative, dealer will replace only the positions. The standard cab and cargo van vehicles, which upper buckle cover. The recall will be conducted in phases. only have front seating positions, have an air bag off switch The first phase mailing began during March 2006. Owners to disable the front passenger air bag and do not have child may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866- restraint lower anchorages in the passenger seat. The stan- 996-9463. dard requires passenger seat child seat lower anchorages in vehicles with an air bag off switch. However, the standard does not require vehicles with only front seating positions to have Savana lower anchorage provisions if the vehicle is not equipped with an air bag off switch. 2004 Correction: To bring the standard cab and cargo van Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly vehicles into compliance, dealers will inject epoxy into the air Vehicle Description: Certain vans fail to conform to the bag off switch to prevent air bag activation, relocate the switch requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, behind the instrument panel and then install a cover over the ‘seatbelt assemblies. These vehicles may have been produced resulting opening. The sun visor label and owner’s manual will with seatbelt buckle assemblies containing a latch with a brittle also be changed. The correction for the extended cab vehicle condition that may not withstand the force requirements of the will consist of changing the front passenger seat to a seat standard. that has child restraint lower anchorages. The recall began Risk: The safety belt may not restrain the occupant as intend- on September 9, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at ed during a crash, which could result in injury to the occupant. 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Correction: Dealers will replace the safety belt buckle. The recall beagn may 7, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 92
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Sierra Denali Sierra 2005 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to Vehicle Description: These vehicles were built with front comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety seatbelt systems with no energy management loops and may standard no. 225, “Child restraint anchorage systems” the re- not meet the head injury criteria requirements of fmvss no. quirements for location and instructions for properly attaching 208, “Occupant crash protection.” child restraints. The owner manual in these vehicles indicate Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupants of these the incorrect seat locations with upper and lower tether an- seats may not be properly restrained. chors, and provide incorrect installation instructions for the top tether anchorage. Correction: Dealers will replace the retractor portion of the seatbelt assembly(s) with one having the newly designed Risk: Improper use of child restraint anchorage could result in energy-management twin-loop system. personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will mail an owner’s manual update that describes the location and proper use of the tether anchors. Sierra The recall began on April 15, 2005. Owners may contact GMC 2003, 2004 at 1-866-996-9463. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain extended and regular cab Sierra pickup trucks and cargo vans converted to compressed natural 1994, 1995 gas (cng) fail to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 225, ‘Child restraint anchorage sys- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front tems.’ These vehicles have one seating position, the center Vehicle Description: If both the lap-belt and shoulder-belt rear seat, equipped with child restraint lower anchorages. energy management loops on the front seatbelt assemblies re- Risk: The standard requires child seat lower anchorages lease at or near the same time, acceleration forces can cause in two seating positions for vehicles with three rear seating the buckle release mechanism to activate and allow the buckle positions. The standard cab and cargo van vehicles, which to separate from the latch. only have front seating positions, have an air bag off switch Risk: If the buckle released, the system would fail to provide to disable the front passenger air bag and do not have child adequate occupant restraint protection. restraint lower anchorages in the passenger seat. The stan- Correction: Dealers will remove the stitching that creates dard requires passenger seat child seat lower anchorages in the energy management loop in the shoulder belt(s). vehicles with an air bag off switch. However, the standard does not require vehicles with only front seating positions to have lower anchorage provisions if the vehicle is not equipped with an air bag off switch. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 93
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Correction: To bring the standard cab and cargo van Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and vehicles into compliance, dealers will inject epoxy into the air snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- bag off switch to prevent air bag activation, relocate the switch pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, behind the instrument panel and then install a cover over the and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and resulting opening. The sun visor label and owner’s manual will internal organ injury. also be changed. The correction for the extended cab vehicle Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a will consist of changing the front passenger seat to a seat portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should that has child restraint lower anchorages. The recall began be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The on September 9, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. Sierra 2003, 2004, 2005 Sonoma Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks Part Recalled: Seatbelts and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seat- Vehicle Description: Extended cab pickup trucks belt routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of equipped with 60/40 front bench seats and extended cab the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially pickup trucks and 2-door utility vehicles equipped with manual smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a locking recliner bucket seats. The outboard safety belt webbing child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, on the driver’s and/or passenger’s seat can separate during a does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition frontal impact. to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older Risk: If a separation occurred and there were secondary child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested crash events or vehicle rollover, there would be no belt re- seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is straint of the occupant and increased injuries could occur. described in the owner’s manual text. Correction: Dealers will install a protective cover over the recliner mechanism. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 94
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Sonoma Suburban 2001 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mechanism, not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” would no longer lock. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from be properly restrained. the no-lock condition. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm safety belt buckle assembly. is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Suburban authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not 1999 receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- T10 cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant 1993 crash protection.” Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front passenger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension require- Vehicle Description: The outboard rear safety belt as- ments. sembly will not release the webbing from the retracted position. This does not meet the requirements of fmvss 209, “seatbelt Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the assemblies.” passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- rects the noncompliance. Risk: If the outboard rear safety belt assembly will notrelease the webbing from the retracted position, safety belt use for the seatoccupant is impossible, increasing the risk of injury in an accident. Correction: Replace any belt that does not freely extend from the retracted position. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 95
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Yukon XL Yukon 2001 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks and sport these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard utility vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the oc- seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could cupant protection requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mechanism, crash protection.” the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the right front passenger would no longer lock. restraint systems may not meet the neck extension require- Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from ments. the no-lock condition. Correction: Dealers will install a tray insert on the top of the Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for passenger side of the instrument panel. The tray insert cor- specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm rects the noncompliance. is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Yukon authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not 2001 receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Pickup and utility trucks. Some of these vehicles have an internal component in the outboard Yukon seatbelt retractors for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats that could 1995 be cracked. With repeated actuation of the locking mechanism, the crack could spread to the point such that the seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear would no longer lock. Vehicle Description: vehicles fail to conform to fmvss no. Risk: In a crash, increased occupant injury could result from 210, “Seatbelt anchorages.” The center rear seat lap belt was the no-lock condition. improperly routed. Correction: Dealers will inspect the outboard seatbelts for Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The occupant of this specific lot numbers and replace the belts if necessary. Gm seat will not be properly restrained in the event of a vehicle is enclosing an inspection procedure for the owners to use or crash. they can have their dealers do the inspections. Owner notifica- Correction: Instructions for rerouting the center rear seat tion began July 2, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an lap belt will be sent to the vehicle owners. If the owner prefers, authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not they can take their vehicle to their dealer and have it rerouted receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should con- free of charge by the dealer. tact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 96
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GMC Yukon 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seat- belt routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is described in the owner’s manual text. Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and internal organ injury. Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 97
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law GOSHEN Risk: This condition cannot occur during use, however, the Bus belt will be unsuable and may result in an occupant seating 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 position without a seatbelt. In the event of a vehicle crash, an unbelted individual could be seriously injured or killed. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain buses equipped with cp Correction: Amsafe will notify its customers and provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units traveling retractor lap (type 1) seatbelts, the plastic cover hous- in the field and will replace broken seatbelts free of charge. ing the reserve end of the seatbelt web can break. If the two Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an halves of the cover completely separate, the connector portion agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy of the belt will detach from the cover. Once detached, the con- within a reasonable time should contact amsafe at 574-266- nector rivet can separate from the connector frame causing the 8330 or Goshen coach at 574-264-7511. frame to become unusable. GRUMMAN Van 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belts could have been improperly installed. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the safety belt will not restrain an occupant properly. Correction: Dealers will replace all cable buckle ends. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 98
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HARNEY Renegade Riata 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. 1-219-266-8330. Renegade Riata 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 99
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HME 1871 Sfo 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or HME at 1-616-534-1463. HME at 1-616-534-1463. HOLIDAY RAMBLER Admiral Ambassador 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 100
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HOLIDAY RAMBLER Ambassador Imperial 2004 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the cupant is not properly restrained. seat frame, which could result in a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to 8, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Monaco contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. at 1-800-685-6545 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. Imperial Endeavor 2004 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the cupant is not properly restrained. seat frame, which could result in a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to 8, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Monaco contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. at 1-800-685-6545 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 101
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HOLIDAY RAMBLER Navigator Scepter 1995, 1996 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The wrong safety belt buckle ends Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with were used which could cause the belt not to release. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: If the safety belt as- the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. sembly will not release, safety belt use for the seat occupant is Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- impossible, increasing the risk of injury in an accident. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will install the correct buckle ends. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to Navigator an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do 2000, 2001 not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Scepter the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. 2004 Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage cupant is not properly restrained. Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. seat frame, which could result in a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March 8, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Monaco at 1-800-685-6545 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 102
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HOLIDAY RAMBLER Vacationer 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 103
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HOME & PARK Roadtrek 170 Roadtrek 2000 2000, 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain class b motor homes built Vehicle Description: On certain motor homes built on on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assem- Chevrolet g-van chassis, it is possible, that on some units, the blies produced by am-safe between January 28 and August passenger side seatbelt was not assembled correctly to the 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may structural member of the vehicle. The swivel plate may not be unlatch during a collision. attached to the bolt holding the retractor assembly. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be cupant is not properly restrained. properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Am-safe notified Home & Park customers to re- Correction: Dealers will remove and reinstall the swivel turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts plate correctly. Owner notification began July 25, 2002. Own- repaired free of charge. ers who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Home & Park at 1- Roadtrek 190 888-762-3873. 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class b motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assem- blies produced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Home & Park customers to re- turn their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 104
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HONDA Accord Accord 1992, 1993 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The rear outside seating position Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The front pas- safety belts may lock up at angles other than those required by senger seatbelt retractor mounting bracket was improperly fmvss 209, “seatbelt assemblies”. This does not conform to the welded. motor vehicle safety standard. Risk: This condition can cause the bracket to separate from Risk: non-conforming safety belts cause an increased risk of the vehicle body in a crash. injury in the event of a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Dealers will inspect and repair these vehicles. Correction: Replace the sensor in the rear seatbelt retrac- tor. Accord Accord 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 1992 Vehicle Description: Certain sedans and coupes fail to Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety Vehicle Description: The left and right seat safety belt standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Certain rear seatbelt assemblies are not interchangeable. Some left seat safety belt buckles were improperly manufactured. assemblies were installed on the the right side of the car. Risk: The rear seatbelts will work properly and provide Risk: A safety belt assembly installed on the wrong side protection in a crash, but the owner may experience difficulty ofthe car can not be pulled out of the retractor because of unfastening the belt after the crash. the mounting angle,making the safety belt unusable, and the Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace seat occupant of an unusable seatbeltwould be exposed to the seatbelt assemblies that were improperly manufactured. increased risk of injury in a sudden stop or accident. Only buckles that are marked (on the back side of the buckle) Correction: Install correct seatbelt assemblies on the cor- with an assembly number beginning with 00185, 00186, or rect side of the car. 00187, will be replaced. Owners should contact their dealer for this replacement. Owner notification began January 22, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999- 1009. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 105
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HONDA Risk: An improperly positioned belt could increase the risk of Accord injury in the event of a crash. 2000, 2001 Correction: Dealers will inspect the front seatbelt anchors Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly for restricted movement. If an anchor does not rotate freely, the dealer will replace the washer with a countermeasure washer. Vehicle Description: Certain sedans and coupes fail to The recall began on November 24, 2004. Owners should comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Certain rear seatbelt buckles were improperly manufactured. Risk: The rear seatbelts will work properly and provide Civic protection in a crash, but the owner may experience difficulty 2000, 2001 unfastening the belt after the crash. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: In a previous recall (01v-380), only right and left buckles were inspected. The rear center buckle should also Vehicle Description: Certain sedans and coupes fail to be inspected and corrected if necessary. This recall is being comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety conducted only for the center buckle. Dealers will inspect the standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Certain rear seatbelt vehicles and replace the seatbelt assemblies that were im- buckles were improperly manufactured. rpoperly manufactured. Only buckles that are marked (on the Risk: The rear seatbelts will work properly and provide back side of the buckle) with an assembly number beginning protection in a crash, but the owner may experience difficulty with 00185, 00186, or 00187, will be replaced. Owners should unfastening the belt after the crash. contact their dealer for this replacement. Owner notification Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace began March 5, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an the seatbelt assemblies that were improperly manufactured. authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do Only buckles that are marked (on the back side of the buckle) not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should with an assembly number beginning with 00185, 00186, or contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. 00187, will be replaced. Owners should contact their dealer for this replacement. Owner notification began January 22, 2002. Civic si Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy 2004, 2005 within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 1009. Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, some front seatbelt anchors may have been installed with an incorrect washer, which could restrict anchor movement. As a result, the seatbelt may be improperly positioned for certain occupants. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 106
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HONDA Risk: If these pretensioners activate in a crash, the seatbelt Civic could unlatch, leaving the front seat occupants unrestrained. 2000, 2001 Correction: Dealers will repair both front seatbelt buckle Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly pretensioners. Customers will be provided with a rental car. Owners were originally contacted on November 14, 2001. A Vehicle Description: Certain sedans and coupes fail to followup owner notification letter is being mailed during De- comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety cember 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Certain rear seatbelt dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the buckles were improperly manufactured. free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at Risk: The rear seatbelts will work properly and provide 1-800-999-1009. protection in a crash, but the owner may experience difficulty unfastening the belt after the crash. Correction: In a previous recall (01v-380), only right and left Passport buckles were inspected. The rear center buckle should also 1994 be inspected and corrected if necessary. This recall is being Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly conducted only for the center buckle. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the seatbelt assemblies that were im- Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles and rpoperly manufactured. Only buckles that are marked (on the pickup trucks, the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was back side of the buckle) with an assembly number beginning not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seat- with 00185, 00186, or 00187, will be replaced. Owners should belt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there contact their dealer for this replacement. Owner notification is a possibility of partial engagement. began March 5, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. of the seat. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- Cr-v sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner notification is expected to begin during mid-December 2002. 2002 Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643- Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles equipped with 4070. automatic seatbelt pretensions. The cr-v is equipped with two seatbelt pretensioners - retractor and buckle - in both the driver and front passenger seating positions. Some buckle pretensioners use a part that restricts the full motion of the mechanism. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 107
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HONDA Passport S2000 1994 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt Vehicle Description: Convertible passenger vehicles. buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. When the convertible top is down and the seat is pushed all If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the the way back, the seatbelts may not retract properly resulting buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. in slack in the seatbelts. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come Risk: This slack can reduce the protective capability and out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of effectiveness of the belts and increases the risk of injury to an the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant occupant in a crash. of the seat. Correction: Dealers will replace the convertible top cover to Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- prevent interference with the seatbelt. sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. S2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Under cer- tain conditions, the seatbelt retractor can deform and cause complete or frequent locking of the retractor. As a result, the seatbelts cannot be pulled out of the retractor and cannot be used. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt actuator as- sembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 108
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HUMMER H2 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the 2nd row center occupant seat- belt routing may make it difficult to position the lap portion of the safety belt low around the hips of occupants, especially smaller occupants, seated in this position. Appropriate use of a child seat or booster seat, as recommended for small children, does improve the fit condition for this user group. In addition to instructions on proper infant and young child restraint (with child seats or boosters), special verbiage for restraining older child is included in the owner’s manual. Also, the suggested seatbelt fit/routing for adults, irrespective of seating position, is described in the owner’s manual text. Risk: A lap portion of the seatbelt routing that is not low and snug on the hips can allow the lap belt to ride up on an occu- pant’s abdomen instead of fitting low around their hipbones, and therefore, can expose them to more risk of abdominal and internal organ injury. Correction: Dealers will cut open the guide loop, remove a portion of the loop, and then the remaining two sides should be folded over and secured with a retainer free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2005. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866- 996-9463, or Hummer at 1-800-732-5493. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 109
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law HYUNDAI Sonata Tiburon 1992, 1993, 1994 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The motorized shoulder belt can Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the travel slowly or chatter in the track and may eventually stop driver seatbelt buckle wiring could be damaged by interference tracking and become inoperative. with the driver seat cushion height adjuster mechanism. Risk: Slowing, chattering, or failure of the motorized shoul- Risk: Damaged driver seatbelt buckle wiring could cause the derbelt may discourage use of the restraint system, increasing seatbelt warning lamp or the supplemental restraint system the risk of injuryin the event of a sudden stop or accident. (srs) air bag wiring lamp to illuminate. It could also cause the Correction: Dealers will lubricate the track assembly and, if air bag fuse (cavity number 5) to open, preventing air bag any systems are found inoperative, the system will be repaired deployment. Nondeployment of an srs air bag in a crash where or replaced, as required. air bag deployment is warranted could increase the risk or severity of injury in a crash. Correction: Dealers will install a new driver seatbelt buckle, Tiburon if necessary, and will place a protective cover over the driver 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 seatbelt buckle wiring to prevent damage from occurring. Owner notification began on March 24, 2003. Owners who Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The driver and service date and do not receive the free remedy within a rea- front passenger seatbelts may not extend and retract smoothly sonable time should contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. through the d-ring guides mounted on the body pillars aft of the doors. If the seatbelts do not extend and retract smoothly, they may twist in the d-ring guides and make it inconvenient to extend and retract the seatbelts. Risk: If the seatbelts are inconvenient to use, the seat oc- cupant may not be inclined to wear the seatbelts properly, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will install a stopper over each front seatbelt d-ring guide to assist the seatbelt to smoothly extend and retract. Owner notification began December 10, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Hyundai at 1-800-633- 5151. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 110
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law INFINITI G20 Infiniti 1992 J30 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1993, 1994, 1995 Vehicle Description: The release button used in the rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage seatbelt buckles were not made according to specifications. In Vehicle Description: A harness connector protector hot weather, the plastic welds securing the release button to located near the seatbelt pre-tensioner can ignite due to the the spring can fail resulting in partial engagement of the seat- proximity to the combustion gas generated by the pre-tension- belt tongue in the buckle or not being able to latch the seatbelt. er when the device is triggered. Risk: If a partial engagement occurs, this can cause the seat- Risk: A fire can occur in the passenger compartment of these belt tongue to come out of the buckle in the event of a crash or vehicles. hard braking of the vehicle. Correction: Dealers will replace the harness connector pro- Correction: Dealers will replace all rear seatbelt buckles tectors with ones having sufficient resistance to the combus- with new seatbelt buckles. tion gas of the pre-tensioners when activated. Infiniti G20 1993, 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: A harness connector protector located near the seatbelt pre-tensioner can ignite due to the proximity to the combustion gas generated by the pre-tension- er when the device is triggered. Risk: A fire can occur in the passenger compartment of these vehicles. Correction: Dealers will replace the harness connector pro- tectors with ones having sufficient resistance to the combus- tion gas of the pre-tensioners when activated. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 111
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law INTERNATIONAL 4200 5500I 2004 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with Vehicle Description: On certain heavy duty truck/tractors the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. equipped with sears atlas series 35, 70, or 80 driver’s seats, 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality when the seats are in their lowest, most rearward adjusted review. position, they may chafe the seatbelt tether that connects from Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- the seat to the back of the cab. gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of Risk: This chafing may eventually cut through the tether, thus high seatbelt loading. weakening the effectiveness of the seatbelt assembly in a Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in property damage, personal Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should injury or death. contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles for suspect seat codes and will replace the existing 12” seat tethers with new 13.5” Tethers. The recall began on October 7, 2005. Own- 4300 ers may contact InterNational at 1-800-448-7825. 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 5600I Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with 2005, 2006 the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing review. Vehicle Description: On certain heavy duty truck/tractors Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- equipped with sears atlas series 35, 70, or 80 driver’s seats, gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of when the seats are in their lowest, most rearward adjusted high seatbelt loading. position, they may chafe the seatbelt tether that connects from the seat to the back of the cab. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should Risk: This chafing may eventually cut through the tether, thus contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. weakening the effectiveness of the seatbelt assembly in a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles for suspect seat codes and will replace the existing 12” seat tethers with new 13.5” Tethers. The recall began on October 7, 2005. Own- ers may contact InterNational at 1-800-448-7825. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 112
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law INTERNATIONAL 7300 7500 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality review. review. Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of high seatbelt loading. high seatbelt loading. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. 7400 7600 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality review. review. Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of high seatbelt loading. high seatbelt loading. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 113
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law INTERNATIONAL 8500 9200I 2004 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with Vehicle Description: On certain heavy duty truck/tractors the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. equipped with sears atlas series 35, 70, or 80 driver’s seats, 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality when the seats are in their lowest, most rearward adjusted review. position, they may chafe the seatbelt tether that connects from Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- the seat to the back of the cab. gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of Risk: This chafing may eventually cut through the tether, thus high seatbelt loading. weakening the effectiveness of the seatbelt assembly in a Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in property damage, personal Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should injury or death. contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles for suspect seat codes and will replace the existing 12” seat tethers with new 13.5” Tethers. The recall began on October 7, 2005. Own- 8600 ers may contact InterNational at 1-800-448-7825. 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain trucks fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The seatbelt latch failed a quality review. Risk: This could cause the seatbelt latch to become disen- gaged without warning in a vehicle crash or during episodes of high seatbelt loading. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification is began on June 11, 2004. Owners should contact InterNational at 1-800-445-7825. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 114
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ISUZU Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- Amigo sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Amigo Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles and 1998 pickup trucks, the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seat- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage belt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles. The strength of is a possibility of partial engagement. the rear seatbelt shoulder anchorage is not to design specifica- Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come tions and does not fully comply with requirements of fmvss no. out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant Risk: The rear seatbelts would not provide adequate protec- of the seat. tion in the event of a vehicle crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will install new right and left rear seat- sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner belt anchor bolts. notification is expected to begin during mid-December 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy Hombre within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643- 1997 4070. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Extended cab pickup trucks Amigo equipped with 60/40 front bench seats and extended cab 1994 pickup trucks and 2-door utility vehicles equipped with manual locking recliner bucket seats. The outboard safety belt webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly on the driver’s and/or passenger’s seat can separate during a Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt frontal impact. buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. Risk: If a separation occurred and there were secondary If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the crash events or vehicle rollover, there would be no belt re- buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. straint of the occupant and increased injuries could occur. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come Correction: Dealers will install a protective cover over the out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of recliner mechanism. the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant of the seat. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 115
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ISUZU Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- Pickup Truck sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Rodeo Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles and 1994 pickup trucks, the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seat- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly belt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles and is a possibility of partial engagement. pickup trucks, the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seat- out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of belt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant is a possibility of partial engagement. of the seat. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant notification is expected to begin during mid-December 2002. of the seat. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643- notification is expected to begin during mid-December 2002. 4070. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643- Pickup Truck 4070. 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant of the seat. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 116
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ISUZU Rodeo Trooper 1994 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt Vehicle Description: Certain vehicles were manufactured buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. with an incorrect rear center seatbelt assembly buckle. The If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the misbuild involved fitting a buckle for another market with the buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. correct U.S. Specification seatbelt. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come Risk: Such installation results in a rear center seatbelt as- out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of sembly in which the belt tongue cannot be inserted into the the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant buckle and a consquent inability of the system to provide of the seat. proper occupant restraint during panic braking of the vehicle or Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- an accident. sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear center seatbelt tongue and buckle and incorrect buckle assemblies will be replaced. Tf 1994, 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. If the seat- belt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant of the seat. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner notification is expected to begin during mid-December 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Isuzu at 1-800-643- 4070. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 117
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ITASCA Horizon Horizon 2000 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Horizon 2000, 2001 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: The seatbelt retractor located next safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, to the driver and passenger seats will not allow the belt to be the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. extended so that it can be used. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: In the event of an accident, the vehicle driver or oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant would not be properly restrained increasing the risk of Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- personal injury. sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification Correction: Dealers will install new seatbelt assemblies in began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an these vehicles. authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 118
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ITASCA Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Meridian cupant is not properly restrained. 2004, 2005 Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a 585-6939. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall Suncruiser began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe 2004, 2005 at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Spirit motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with occupant. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies. Spirit 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 119
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ITASCA Sundancer Sunflyer 2000, 2001 1995, 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. 585-6939. Sunflyer Sunflyer 1995 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 120
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ITASCA Sunova Sunrise se 2004, 2005 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat cupant is not properly restrained. occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- Sunrise se 585-6939. 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Sunrise Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with 2000 safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with cupant is not properly restrained. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 121
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ITASCA Sunrise Sunrise 2000, 2001 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- occupant. sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 122
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law JAGUAR Majestic Sovereign 1992 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The normal lockup function of the Vehicle Description: The normal lockup function of the automatic (passive) belt reel can cause the belt motor winch automatic (passive) belt reel can cause the belt motor winch assembly to lockup such that the passive belt system will not assembly to lockup such that the passive belt system will not deploy/function or gets stuck at various points along the track deploy/function or gets stuck at various points along the track causing the kinking or breaking of its cable or detacHMEnt of causing the kinking or breaking of its cable or detacHMEnt of the tongue. the tongue. Risk: If this occurs the occupants of the vehicle cannot Risk: If this occurs the occupants of the vehicle cannot usethe safety belts, increasing the risk of injury in the event of usethe safety belts, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a sudden stopor accident. a sudden stopor accident. Correction: Jaguar will repair the passive belt system if Correction: Jaguar will repair the passive belt system if this problem occurs or has occurred. Jaguar will notify owners this problem occurs or has occurred. Jaguar will notify owners of the existence of a lifetime warranty on components of the of the existence of a lifetime warranty on components of the automatic (passive) belt system. automatic (passive) belt system. S-Type Vanden Plas 2000, 2001 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with Vehicle Description: The normal lockup function of the trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seat- automatic (passive) belt reel can cause the belt motor winch belt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore assembly to lockup such that the passive belt system will not do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor deploy/function or gets stuck at various points along the track vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” causing the kinking or breaking of its cable or detacHMEnt of Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not the tongue. be properly restrained. Risk: If this occurs the occupants of the vehicle cannot Correction: Dealers will inspect and change, if necessary, usethe safety belts, increasing the risk of injury in the event of the seatbelt buckles. a sudden stopor accident. Correction: Jaguar will repair the passive belt system if this problem occurs or has occurred. Jaguar will notify owners of the existence of a lifetime warranty on components of the automatic (passive) belt system. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 123
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law JAGUAR Risk: If this occurs the occupants of the vehicle cannot Xj6 usethe safety belts, increasing the risk of injury in the event of 1992 a sudden stopor accident. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Correction: Jaguar will repair the passive belt system if this problem occurs or has occurred. Jaguar will notify owners Vehicle Description: The normal lockup function of the of the existence of a lifetime warranty on components of the automatic (passive) belt reel can cause the belt motor winch automatic (passive) belt system. assembly to lockup such that the passive belt system will not deploy/function or gets stuck at various points along the track causing the kinking or breaking of its cable or detacHMEnt of the tongue. JAYCO Designer Eagle 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began October 23, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 23, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Jayco at 1-219-825-5861 or am-safe at 1-219-266- contact Jayco at 1-219-825-5861 or am-safe at 1-219-266- 8330. 8330. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 124
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law JEEP Cherokee Cherokee 1994 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The two rear inboard safety belt at- Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicle. tacHMEnt bolts may have inadequate thread engagement into The front seatbelt shoulder turning loop anchors were not the floor pan anchor nuts. properly heat treated and are not properly hardened. Risk: The safety belt attacHMEnt bolts may not support Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the front seat occupant theload of rear seat passengers in the event of a sudden stop may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of serious or accident; theassembly fails to comply with the static load re- injury. quirements of fmvss 210, “seatbelt assembly anchorages.” The Correction: Dealers will replace the front seat shoulder belt inability to support the load of rear seatpassengers increases turning loop on these vehicles. the risk of injury to seat occupants. Correction: Replace the two inboard safety belt anchor bolts with longer bolts on all vehicles. Commander 2006 Cherokee Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1996 Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles, the integrated retractor bracket edge on the third row seat may Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear contact the seatbelt during certain operating conditions caus- Vehicle Description: The web mounted rear seatbelt ing damage to the belt webbing. inboard anchor positions may not achieve the required load of Risk: In the event of a crash, the seatbelt may not properly fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” restrain the third row occupant which can increase the risk of Risk: In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant would not injury. be properly secured. Correction: Dealers will inspect the third row seatbelts Correction: Dealers will add a washer to each rear inboard for damage and replace any damaged belts. In addition, an seatbelt anchor attacHMEnt. injected molded cover will be added to the retractor bracket on both third row seating positions to prevent future damage from belt contact with the retractor bracket. The recall began on March 13, 2006. Owners may contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 125
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law JEEP Grand Cherokee Grand Cherokee 1993 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: This is not a safety recall in accor- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt dance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed a shoulder height adjustable turning loop (atl) top mounting bolt safety improvement campaign by the agency. The center rear was inadequately manufactured. seatbelt buckle may not be accessible when the right (pas- Risk: The affected mounting bolts may not withstand suf- senger) side of the rear seat back is folded down in the cargo ficient force to function properly in certain impact situations, stowage position. increasing the risk of injury to a belted occupant. Risk: In the event of a collision, the occupant of the center Correction: Dealers will replace the shoulder belt height rear seat may not be properly restrained and personal injury adjuster mounting bolts. could occur. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle as- sembly. Grand Cherokee 1999 Grand Cherokee Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor 1999 Vehicle Description: Certain van, wagon, pickup trucks, passenger and sport utility vehicles, fail to comply with require- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear ments of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The front Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear out- seatbelt retractor may not comply with the requirements of the board seatbelt retractor spring can disengage from the rewind standard. mechanism, disabling the retractor function, and preventing Risk: If the retractor does not work properly, it will not ad- the blet from fitting snugly around the occupant. equately protect occupants in the event of a crash. Risk: In the event of a crash, the occupant may not be prop- Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor. Own- erly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. er notification began August 20, 2001. Owners who take their Correction: Dealers will replace these retractors. vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 126
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law JEEP Grand Wagoneer Wrangler 1993 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: This is not a safety recall in accor- Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicle. dance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed a The front seatbelt shoulder turning loop anchors were not safety improvement campaign by the agency. The center rear properly heat treated and are not properly hardened. seatbelt buckle may not be accessible when the right (pas- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the front seat occupant senger) side of the rear seat back is folded down in the cargo may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of serious stowage position. injury. Risk: In the event of a collision, the occupant of the center Correction: Dealers will replace the front seat shoulder belt rear seat may not be properly restrained and personal injury turning loop on these vehicles. could occur. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle as- sembly. KENWORTH W900l 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The anchor end of the safety belt buckle was incorrectly located, causing the upper torso re- straint to be improperly positioned. Risk: Improper location of the upper torso restraint results in reduced seat occupant protection in the event of a sudden stop or crash. Correction: Dealers will reinstall the seat buckle anchor to properly position the seat and upper torso restraints. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 127
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law KIA Sedona 2002 Sephia Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1999, 2000 Vehicle Description: Certain mini vans fail to comply Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard Vehicle Description: On certain passenger and sport no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. The second and third seatbelt utility vehicles, the front safety belt buckles may emit a “click” buckle anchor bolts do not comply with the standards. sound during the buckling process that is similar to the sound emitted when a buckle is being latched, when it is not. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained. Risk: The latch can then pull out of the buckle when tension is applied. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle anchor bolts. Owner notification began February 24, 2003. Owners Correction: Dealers will replace both front seatbelt buckles. who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed The recall began August 16, 2004. Owners should contact Kia upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a at 1-800-333-4542. reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Sportage Sephia 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the safety belt buckle may “false latch” and expose the driver to safety belt buckle may “false latch” and expose the driver to unrestrained movement during a crash. unrestrained movement during a crash. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Owner notification began December 20, 2002. Correction: Owner notification began December 20, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333- within a reasonable time should contact Kia at 1-800-333- 4542. 4542. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 128
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law KIA Sportage 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles, the front safety belt buckles may emit a “click” sound during the buckling process that is similar to the sound emitted when a buckle is being latched, when it is not. Risk: The latch can then pull out of the buckle when tension is applied. Correction: Dealers will replace both front seatbelt buckles. The recall began August 16, 2004. Owners should contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 129
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law LEXUS Correction: Dealers will replace the front passenger seat- Es 330 belt buckle status switch. This safety improvement campaign 2004 (ssc 40m) began on December 20, 2004. Owners should con- tact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a front passenger power seat, when installing Gs certain rear-facing infant child seat bases onto the seat with an 2006 excessively high seatbelt tension, it may be possible to unseat a component called the buckle status switch from the seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front buckle. Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, if Risk: If the switch becomes unseated, the front passenger the front seatbelt retractors (both driver and front passenger) occupant classification system may mistake the rear-facing become locked, they may not release due to a component of child restraint for an unbelted adult occupant, and may not the emergency locking system. If the seatbelt is locked in this suppress the deployment of the front passenger airbag. condition, the occupant may not be able to properly fasten the seatbelt. Correction: Dealers will replace the front passenger seat- belt buckle status switch. This safety improvement campaign Risk: An occupant not properly wearing a seatbelt may have (ssc 40m) began on December 20, 2004. Owners should con- an increased risk of injury during a crash. tact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.. Correction: Dealers will replace the front seatbelt assem- blies. The recall began on April 21, 2006. Owners may contact Lexus at 1-800-255-3987. Es330 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a front passenger power seat, when installing certain rear-facing infant child seat bases onto the seat with an excessively high seatbelt tension, it may be possible to unseat a component called the buckle status switch from the seatbelt buckle. Risk: If the switch becomes unseated, the front passenger occupant classification system may mistake the rear-facing child restraint for an unbelted adult occupant, and may not suppress the deployment of the front passenger airbag. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 130
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law LEXUS Is 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, if the front seatbelt retractors (both driver and front passenger) become locked, they may not release due to a component of the emergency locking system. If the seatbelt is locked in this condition, the occupant may not be able to properly fasten the seatbelt. Risk: An occupant not properly wearing a seatbelt may have an increased risk of injury during a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the front seatbelt assem- blies. The recall began on April 21, 2006. Owners may contact Lexus at 1-800-255-3987. Rx330 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” The anchor bolt for the rear, left-hand side seatbelt buckle directly behind the driver’s seat does not have sufficient strength. Risk: The rear seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace free of charge the rear, left- hand side seatbelt buckle anchor bolt with an improved one. The recall began on February 3, 2006. Owners may contact Lexus at 800-255-3987. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 131
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law LINCOLN Continental Navigator 2000 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, retractor may have a pin shaft in the switchable elr/alr mecha- pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied nism that is incorrectly formed. In some circumstances, the by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s switching mechanism could become nonfunctional, preventing outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict the seatbelt webbing from being extracted from the retractor. Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not It is also possible that malfunction of the mechanism could provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of prevent the belt from being switched into the alr mode. The elr personal injury to the seat occupant. mechanism is not affected by this condition. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt Risk: If the mechanism malfunctions and does not allow the buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will webbing to be extracted, the lap and shoulder belt could not be be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners worn by a vehicle occupant. In the event that the mechanism who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed does not allow the alr mode to be engaged, the operator may upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a be unable to properly install a child seat in that seating posi- reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. tion. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap and shoulder belt assemblies. Assemblies with julian date codes of 200 through 223 are suspect and will be replaced. Mark viii 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The link lever trunion on the safety belt retractor may have been damaged during installation. Risk: The damaged component may become dislodged during vehicleoperation, making the retractor vehicle-sensitive locking system inoperative.This increases the possibilty of a serious injury in a sudden stop or accident. Correction: The retractors will be replaced in the subject vehicles. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 132
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law LINCOLN Town Car Town Car 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using aftermar- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using after- ket driver’s seatbelt assemblies that were sold by Ford parts market front passenger side seatbelt assemblies that were departments from January 1, through June 13, 2000. These sold by Ford parts departments from January 1, through June seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the requirements of fm- 13, 2000. These seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the vss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The equipment involved is requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The service stock seatbelt assemblies, model nos. H 9977, h 9979, equipment involved is service stock seatbelt assemblies, t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw vehicle safety systems, inc. model nos. H 9977, h 9979, t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw (Trw) manufactured from June 1, 1998 through May 21, 2000. vehicle safety systems, inc. (Trw) manufactured from June 1, Some of these seatbelt assemblies may have been installed 1998 through May 21, 2000. Some of these seatbelt assem- as service replacement equipment on the vehicles involved in blies may have been installed as service replacement equip- the recall. ment on the vehicles involved in the recall. Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. Town Car 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: The elr/alr feature is used to accom- modate child restraints. When servicing the rear belt assem- blies, wrong parts could have been used which do not contain the automatic locking feature. Risk: In the event of an accident, the seatbelt assemblies may not properly secure the child restraint increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the rear belt assemblies with the appropriate design retractor and tongue assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 133
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law LINCOLN Town Car Town Car 2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles with midnight Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles with me- black or medium parcHMEnt seatbelts manufactured on July dium graphite seatbelts fail to comply with the requirements of 31, 2000, fail to comply with the requirements of fmvss no. fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” An incorrect front center 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” An incorrect driver’s side rear seatbelt and retractor assembly may have been installed. seatbelt and retractor assembly may have been installed. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained. be properly restrained. Correction: All suspect vehicles have had the seatbelts Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelts and replace inspected or replaced by Ford. the affected seatbelt and retractor assemblies. Town Car Town Car 2001 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” personal injury to the seat occupant. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt be properly restrained. buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 134
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MAZDA 323 B series 1992, 1993, 1994 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with Vehicle Description: Light duty trucks equipped with seat- front seat automatic shoulder belts. The rail of the automatic belts supplied by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front shoulder belt can wear sufficiently such that the cable which passenger’s outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford retracts the buckle assembly can become jammed in the rail crown victoria built at st. Thomas assembly plant from 4/17/ rendering the shoulder belt inoperative. Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not Risk: A seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of event of a vehicle crash. personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the passive shoulder belt Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt assembly with a modified one (with additional dust lip) in ve- buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will be hicles which have experienced a problem. In vehicles in which replaced. Owner notification began August 15, 2001. Owners the automatic shoulder belt functions properly, the rails will be who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed inspected and replaced with modified rails if they exceed the upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a inspection criteria. reasonable time should contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. B series Mazda6 2000 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Light duty trucks equipped with trw Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt right and/or left rear seatbelts may not lock properly due to assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do missing retaining pins on the housing. not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Risk: The locking mechanism of the seatbelt retractor may safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” malfunction, increasing the risk of death or serious injury to Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not the rear seat passengers in the event of a crash. Passengers be properly restrained. should not sit and child seats should not be used in the right or Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle assemblies to left rear seats until this defect has been corrected. determine whether the buckle assembly build date codes are Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear seatbelts and within the suspect range. Those within the suspect date code replace defective seatbelt retractors. The recall began on range will be replaced. December 27, 2004. Owners should contact Mazda at 1-800- 222-5500, option #4. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 135
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MAZDA Correction: Dealers will replace the passive shoulder belt Mx3 assembly with a modified one (with additional dust lip) in ve- 1992, 1993 hicles which have experienced a problem. In vehicles in which the automatic shoulder belt functions properly, the rails will be Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing inspected and replaced with modified rails if they exceed the Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with inspection criteria. front seat automatic shoulder belts. The rail of the automatic shoulder belt can wear sufficiently such that the cable which retracts the buckle assembly can become jammed in the rail rendering the shoulder belt inoperative. Risk: A seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a vehicle crash. MCCOY MILLER Ambulance 1996, 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Ambulances equipped with techni- cian’s seats in the patient compartment mounted on wooden bases. The wooden seat bases and the associated seatbelts are not properly anchored to meet the requirements of fmvss nos. 207, “Seating systems,” and 210, “seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant of this seat may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will restructure the attacHMEnt of the seat base to the floor and to the front bulkhead. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 136
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MEDTEC Ambulance 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: On certain ambulances, the seatbelt anchors for the squad bench could pull out from the wall. Risk: Seat occupant may not be properly restrained in an event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will install steel plates to reinforce the seatbelt anchors. Owners should contact Medtec at 1-574- 534-2631. MERCEDES BENZ C class C-class 2004 2008 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, Vehicle Description: Certain vehicles fail to comply with some seatbelt buckles may have a burr on a metal component some of the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety stan- of the locking mechanism. The presence of the burr could dard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” The rear outboard prevent the seatbelt from locking under certain circumstances. seatbelts do not comply with the lap-belt lockability require- Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be ment which enables the lap belt portion of the belt to be locked properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. by the user to facilitate the use of older non-latch design child restraint devices. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelts. Owner noti- fication began on December 22, 2003. Owners should contact Risk: under certain circumstances, this situation may cause mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. the locking mechanism not to perform as required by the stan- dard for use with older non-latch child restraints. Correction: Dealers will replace all potentially affected seat- belts. The recall began on November 19, 2007. Owners may contact mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 137
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCEDES BENZ Cl203 Clk320 2002 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. A defective comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt weld was discovered on the weld nut for the bolt used to assemblies.” The right rear seatbelt buckle was incorrectly secure the front shoulder seatbelt guides. manufactured. Risk: Due to this defective weld, the anchorages may not Risk: During a vehicle crash, it is possible for the seatbelt adequately secure the front seatbelts in the event of a crash. buckles to crack, increasing the risk of injury to the seat oc- Correction: Dealers will repair the shoulder belt anchor cupant. assembly. Correction: Dealers will replace any right rear seatbelt buckle identified by lot stamping number 22429. Owner notifi- cation by telephone began March 4, 2002. Owners who take E class their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon ser- 2004 vice date and do not receive the free remedy within a reason- able time should contact mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, some seatbelt buckles may have a burr on a metal component Clk class of the locking mechanism. The presence of the burr could 2004 prevent the seatbelt from locking under certain circumstances. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, some seatbelt buckles may have a burr on a metal component Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelts. Owner noti- of the locking mechanism. The presence of the burr could fication began on December 22, 2003. Owners should contact prevent the seatbelt from locking under certain circumstances. mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelts. Owner noti- fication began on December 22, 2003. Owners should contact mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 138
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCEDES BENZ M class M class 1998, 1999 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:warning light/devices Vehicle Description: Sport utility vehicles. The latching Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to mechanism on the seatbelt assembly was not assembled conform to the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant correctly. If the plastic cover is loose during the engagement crash protection.” An Audible seatbelt buzzer warning sounds of the buckle tongue to the latch mechanism, the buckle could for approximately two seconds when the vehicle ignition is unlatch. turned to the on or start position and the driver seatbelt is Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be fastened. This buzzer activation exceeds the limitations set properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. forth in the standard. Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelt buckles. If Risk: Drivers may become confused regarding the purpose of either the driver or front passenger seatbelt buckle is found to the chime. be defective, it will be replaced. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelt warning chime system. M class 2000 M class Part Recalled: Seatbelts 2002 Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:warning light/devices anchor in the rear folding middle seating position may have Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to been manufactured with out-of-tolerance hardware. comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety Risk: If this is the case, the seatbelt anchor may not comply standard no. 208, S7.3, “Occupant crash protection.” The with federal motor vehicle safety standards. seatbelt chimes may not function as designed and is not con- sistent with the requirements of the standard. Correction: Dealers will install an additional rear middle seatbelt anchor plate. Risk: If the driver buckles his seatbelt prior to starting the vehicle, the chime will not sound at all when the vehicle is started. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles to ensure that the seatbelt chime operates as required by the standard. Owner notification began September 25, 2002. Owners who do not receive the free instructions within a reasonable time should contact mercedes-benz at 1-201-573-0117. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 139
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCEDES BENZ R class 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts: Rear:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, during the production process, the threads in the nut used to secure the seatbelt buckle in a limited number of second row seats may be missing. The absence of the screw threads results in an incomplete connection of the buckle to the seat. Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect to see if the nut is missing and replace the seat if necessary free of charge. The recall began on may 3, 2006. Owners may contact mercedes-benz at 1-800-367-6372. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 140
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCURY Grand Marquis Grand Marquis 1995 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The rivets holding the rear outboard Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using after- belt d-rings were not heat treated properly causing the heads market front passenger side seatbelt assemblies that were of the rivets to fracture under load and fail to hold the d-rings to sold by Ford parts departments from January 1, through June the straps. This does not conform to the requirements of fmvss 13, 2000. These seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” requirements of fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: This condition can equipment involved is service stock seatbelt assemblies, reduce the restraining capabilities of the safety belt in the model nos. H 9977, h 9979, t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw event of an accident. vehicle safety systems, inc. (Trw) manufactured from June 1, 1998 through May 21, 2000. Some of these seatbelt assem- Correction: Dealers will install a reinforcement plate on the blies may have been installed as service replacement equip- rear outboard seatbelt assembly anchorages involved in this ment on the vehicles involved in the recall. campaign. Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. Grand Marquis Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles using aftermar- ket driver’s seatbelt assemblies that were sold by Ford parts Grand Marquis departments from January 1, through June 13, 2000. These 2000 seatbelt assemblies fail to comply with the requirements of fm- vss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The equipment involved is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor service stock seatbelt assemblies, model nos. H 9977, h 9979, Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These vehicles t 9063, and t 9217, built by trw vehicle safety systems, inc. may have been built with the left rear seatbelt retractor attach- (Trw) manufactured from June 1, 1998 through May 21, 2000. ing bolts incorrectly tightened. Some of these seatbelt assemblies may have been installed Risk: In the event of a crash, the vehicle occupant may not as service replacement equipment on the vehicles involved in be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. the recall. Correction: Dealers will tighten the retractor mounting bolts Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not to the specified torque. restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles and replace the service seatbelt assemblies that were installed in these vehicles from January 1, through June 13, 2000. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 141
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCURY Grand Marquis Mystique 2001 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger and sport utility vehicles, Vehicle Description: Cracks have been found in the pickup trucks, and minivans. Equipped with seatbelts supplied front safety belt outboard anchor tabs due to a combination of by trw. It is possible that the driver’s and/or front passenger’s hydrogen embrittlement of the tab and stress introduced during outboard seatbelt buckle may not fully latch. Ford crown vict attacHMEnt of the anchor tab to the seat frame. This does not Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not conform with the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt as- provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of sembly anchorages.” personal injury to the seat occupant. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: A fracture or separa- Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seatbelt tion in this area would reduce the load that the anchor and the buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will front safety belt anchorages could sustain, increasing the risk be replaced. Owner notification began July 25, 2001. Owners of injury in a vehicle collisoin. who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed Correction: Dealers will inspect and install an anchor tab upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reinforcement or replacement of the complete front seatbelt reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. assembly if an anchor tab is found to have fractured. Mountaineer Mystique 2000 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 142
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCURY Sable Sable 1998, 1999 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The child manual seat tracks. The front seatbelt buckle attaching stud safety seat anchor latch (iso-fix anchor) fasteners do not have may have been improperly heat treated. This heat treatment adequate residual torque. The anchors are secured to the floor may have resulted in cracks developing in the stud. pan with a reinforcement plate that has two studs that extend Risk: If the stud is cracked, in the event of a vehicle crash, upward through the floor pan and the iso-fix anchor. The sealer the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the on the floor pan could cause a soft joint and, even if the nuts risk of personal injury. are properly torqued, road vibrations could cause the nut to work its way completely off the stud. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle mount- ing bracket and stud assembly. Risk: The anchor may not hold the child safety seat in posi- tion during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant of the child safety seat. Sable Correction: Dealers will remove and re-install the bracket 1999 nut using a torque retention material (red loctite). Owner notification began September 11, 2000. Owners who take their Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The seatbelt date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable retractor may have a pin shaft in the switchable elr/alr mecha- time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. nism that is incorrectly formed. In some circumstances, the switching mechanism could become nonfunctional, preventing the seatbelt webbing from being extracted from the retractor. It is also possible that malfunction of the mechanism could prevent the belt from being switched into the alr mode. The elr mechanism is not affected by this condition. Risk: If the mechanism malfunctions and does not allow the webbing to be extracted, the lap and shoulder belt could not be worn by a vehicle occupant. In the event that the mechanism does not allow the alr mode to be engaged, the operator may be unable to properly install a child seat in that seating posi- tion. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap and shoulder belt assemblies. Assemblies with julian date codes of 200 through 223 are suspect and will be replaced. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 143
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCURY Sable Villager 2001 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger cars. The seatbelt buckle Vehicle Description: One or both of the bolts securing the tongue may not fully eject from the buckle assembly when automatic seatbelt restraint system tracks to the b-pillars were the release button is pushed slowly. This condition could also not adequately tightened. result in a partial latch of the tongue in the buckle. Risk: This condition can result in the automatic seatbeltsys- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the vehicle occupant tem track joints having less than design strength, and increase may not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal the risk ofinjury to the seat occupant in the event of a collision injury or death. or sudden stop. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver and right front Correction: Dealers will tighten the passive restraint system passenger seatbelt buckles. Owner notification began may 4, track mounting bolts. 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800- Villager 392-3673. 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Tracer Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Vehicle Description: Certain trw driver’s side seatbelts not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle manufactured on December 6 and 9, 2002, for use as re- safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” placement equipment for 1997 Ford escort 4-door and station Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not wagon platform vehicles, Ford’s p/n f7cz54611b09aac. The be properly restrained. seatbelt assemblies exhibit a no-lock condition which does not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain Seatbelt assemblies. seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- les that fall within the suspect date code range. Owner notifica- Risk: In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not tion began October 26, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles provide adequate protection to the seat occupant, which may to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and increase the risk of personal injury. do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should Correction: Trw will notify the customers who purchased contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. the replacement seatbelt assemblies free of charge. The recall began on August 27, 2004. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 144
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MERCURY Risk: In the event of a crash, the occupant seated in that Villager location may not be adequately restrained, increasing the risk 2001 of personal injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelt buckle as- sembly attacHMEnt. Some belt buckle assemblies may require Vehicle Description: Mini vans. These vehicles may have replacement. the plastic trim cover around the base of the front seat safety belt buckle trapped between the shoulder of the restraint an- chorage bolt and the seat pedestal. This could eventually allow the seatbelt buckle bolt to loosen. MID BUS School Bus 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain school buses equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seat- belts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Mid Bus’ customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or Mid Bus at 1-419- 358-2500. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 145
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MITSUBISHI Diamante Mirage 1993 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The rear outboard lower safety belt Vehicle Description: The guide rail on the driver’s side attacHMEnt bolt was inadequately torqued on installation. contains a covered cable and also an angled belt guide at the Risk: The inadequately torqued anchor bolt could fail ina top end of the webbing. The combination of these factors can sudden stop or accident. Failure of the safety belt assembly lead, over time, to the cable’s movement exerting abrading results inincreased risk of injury to the seat occupant. force to the lower edges of the cable’s chamber, sufficient to cause the cable to drop out of the chamber with the shoulder Correction: Retorque the safety belt attachments to the belt anchorage becoming stuck. correct specification. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained. Endeavor Correction: Dealers will install a new replacement guide 2006, 2007 rail. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the right side lower seatbelt anchor may separate during a severe vehicle crash. Risk: breakage of the mounting bracket in a severe crash could allow the seatbelt to not properly restrain the passenger and potentially result in injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the front passenger side seatbelt and bracket assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during February 2008. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 146
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MONACO Diplomat le Dynasty 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Diplomat Executive 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 147
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MONACO Knight Monaco 2000, 2001 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Am-safe notified Monaco’ customers to return sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330. Lapalma 2000, 2001 Monarch Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2000, 2001 Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. cupant is not properly restrained. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- cupant is not properly restrained. sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 148
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law MONACO Signature Windsor 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. Signature Windsor 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the seat frame, which could result in a crash. seat frame, which could result in a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March 8, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized 8, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Monaco free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Monaco at 1-800-685-6545 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. at 1-800-685-6545 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 149
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NATIONAL Islander Tropi-cal 2006 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes were not Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes were not equipped with the proper number of seatbelts. equipped with the proper number of seatbelts. Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant will not be Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant will not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will install the additional seatbelts free Correction: Dealers will install the additional seatbelts free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact National rv at 1- notification schedule. Owners may contact National rv at 1- 951-943-6007. 951-943-6007. Tradewinds 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes were not equipped with the proper number of seatbelts. Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant will not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will install the additional seatbelts free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact National rv at 1- 951-943-6007. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 150
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NATIONAL VAN Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the S34 connector could separate from the connector and render the 2001 seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: One s34 converted wheelchair van Correction: This van has been corrected. equipped with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for the retractable portion of the belt can separate com- pletely and release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained re- sulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. NEWMAR Dutch star Essex 2004, 2005 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: Certain motorhomes fail to comply motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210 “Seatbelt assembly Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorage bolts can fail. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Risk: The seatbelt buckle anchorage can separate from the occupant. seat frame, which could result in a crash. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt latch bolt and install buckles. The recall began may 28, 2004. Owners should con- a bushing and a grade 5 bolt. Owner notification began March tact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. 4, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Newmar at 1-800-731-8300 or villa InterNational at 714-535-7272. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 151
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NEWMAR Kountry star Motorhome 2004, 2005 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain motor homes, during Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with manufacturing, the seatbelt shoulder harness attacHMEnt safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, location for the passenger seat was not properly welded or the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. attached. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder harness may cupant is not properly restrained. become loose or unattached causing serious injury to anyone Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will in the passenger seat. inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of Correction: Dealers will install a new plate over existing by charge. drilling four attacHMEnt holes on each side of new plate and add securing bolts. This recall began October 1, 2004. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. Mountain Aire 2004 Kountry Star Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2004 Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. occupant. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat buckles. The recall began may 28, 2004. Owners should con- occupant. tact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. The recall began may 28, 2004. Owners should con- tact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 152
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NEWMAR Northern Star Scottsdale 2004, 2005 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain motor homes, during Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some manufacturing, the seatbelt shoulder harness attacHMEnt motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal location for the passenger seat was not properly welded or motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. attached. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder harness may vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat become loose or unattached causing serious injury to anyone occupant. in the passenger seat. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Dealers will install a new plate over existing by buckles. The recall began may 28, 2004. Owners should con- drilling four attacHMEnt holes on each side of new plate and tact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. add securing bolts. This recall began October 1, 2004. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. Northern Star 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. The recall began may 28, 2004. Owners should con- tact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Newmar at 1-574-773-7791. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 153
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NISSAN Altima Crew 1997 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain buckle assemblies were pro- Vehicle Description: Certain pickup trucks fail to comply duced with a “buckle base” that was improperly heat treated. with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard This can cause the “buckle base” to be brittle failing to comply no. 201, “Occupant protection in interior impact.” An area on to fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” the rear pillar where the rear seatbelt upper anchor is attached Risk: In the event of a collision, these seatbelts may not may not be sufficiently energy absorbent. restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. Risk: This could result in an increased risk of injury if the area Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle assemblies and is struck in a crash. replace them if necessary. Correction: Dealers will replace the outboard rear seatbelt assemblies with new ones. The recall began on September 27, 2004. Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Armada 2007, 2008 D21 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear 1994 Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly standard no. 210, ‘Seatbelt assembly anchorages.’ The Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt driver’s side third row seatbelt upper anchor bracket may be buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. cracked. If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt bracket free of out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of charge. The recall began on November 1, 2007. Owners may the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. of the seat. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 154
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NISSAN D21 Murano 1994 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain light duty pickup trucks, Vehicle Description: On some sport utility vehicles, in cer- the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufac- tain high speed frontal crashes, the webbing of a rear outboard tured according to design dimensions. If the seatbelt tongue is seatbelt may contact the rear seat back hinge where it can be inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there is a possibility cut by the sharp edge of the metal portion of the hinge. of partial engagement. Risk: If the webbing is completely separated, it can increase Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come the risk of injury to an occupant in a crash. out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of Correction: Dealers will install protectors over the webbing the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant of the rear seatbelts. The recall began on March 20, 2006. of the seat. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner notification began may 22, 2002. Owners who take their ve- Nx hicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date 1992 and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: The release button used in the rear seatbelt buckles were not made according to specifications. In Frontier hot weather, the plastic welds securing the release button to 1998 the spring can fail resulting in partial engagement of the seat- belt tongue in the buckle or not being able to latch the seatbelt. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Risk: If a partial engagement occurs, this can cause the seat- Vehicle Description: Light duty passenger trucks belt tongue to come out of the buckle in the event of a crash or equipped with bucket seats. In certain frontal crashes, the front hard braking of the vehicle. seatbelt can slip between the seat bottom finisher and the seat back plastic recliner handle where it can be cut by the sharp Correction: Dealers will replace all rear seatbelt buckles edge of the metal portion of the recliner lever. with new seatbelt buckles. Risk: If the seatbelt is completely severed, it can increase the risk of serious injury to an occupant in a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the plastic handle on the end of the seat back reclining lever fwith a different shape handle which will prevent the seatbelt from slipping between the handle and the seat. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 155
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NISSAN Pathfinder Quest 1994 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The latch plate used in the seatbelt Vehicle Description: One or both of the bolts securing the buckle was not manufactured according to design dimensions. automatic seatbelt restraint system tracks to the b-pillars were If the seatbelt tongue is inserted slowly at an angle into the not adequately tightened. buckle, there is a possibility of partial engagement. Risk: This condition can result in the automatic seatbeltsys- Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come tem track joints having less than design strength, and increase out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of the risk ofinjury to the seat occupant in the event of a collision the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant or sudden stop. of the seat. Correction: Dealers will tighten the passive restraint system Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- track mounting bolts. sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Quest Pathfinder 2000 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with Vehicle Description: On certain light duty pickup trucks, trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seat- the latch plate used in the seatbelt buckle was not manufac- belt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore tured according to design dimensions. If the seatbelt tongue is do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor inserted slowly at an angle into the buckle, there is a possibility vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” of partial engagement. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Risk: This condition can cause the seatbelt tongue to come be properly restrained. out of the buckle in the event of a collision or hard braking of Correction: Dealers will inspect the date code on certain the vehicle increasing the risk of personal injury to an occupant seatbelt buckles of your vehicle and replace all seatbelt buck- of the seat. les that fall within the suspect date code range. Correction: Dealers will inspect the buckle and, if neces- sary, replace the buckle assembly with a new buckle. Owner notification began may 22, 2002. Owners who take their ve- hicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 156
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NISSAN Quest Titan 2001 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Mini vans. These vehicles may have Vehicle Description: Certain pickup trucks fail to comply the plastic trim cover around the base of the front seat safety with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard belt buckle trapped between the shoulder of the restraint an- no. 201, “Occupant protection in interior impact.” An area on chorage bolt and the seat pedestal. This could eventually allow the rear pillar where the rear seatbelt upper anchor is attached the seatbelt buckle bolt to loosen. may not be sufficiently energy absorbent. Risk: In the event of a crash, the occupant seated in that Risk: This could result in an increased risk of injury if the area location may not be adequately restrained, increasing the risk is struck in a crash. of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the outboard rear seatbelt Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelt buckle as- assemblies with new ones. The recall began on September 27, sembly attacHMEnt. Some belt buckle assemblies may require 2004. Owners should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. replacement. Versa Titan 2007 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain hatchback vehicles, the Vehicle Description: On certain crew cab model trucks, terminals for the passenger side seatbelt tension sensor har- the seat back shape may be such that there may not be ness connector may have been damaged during the manufac- sufficient webbing on the retractor spool for the rear center turing process. This could result in a loss of electrical continuity seatbelt to release from the automatic locking mode (alr) after causing the occupant detection system to become inoperative. it is engaged and the seatbelt is retracted. If this occurs, there Risk: If this occurs, the air bag warning light will come on and may be difficulty in pulling the seatbelt out of the retractor thus the passenger side frontal air bag will be suppressed. preventing its usage. Correction: Dealers will replace the connector for the seat- Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be belt tension sensor harness free of charge. The recall began properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. on June 18, 2007. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647- Correction: Dealers will replace the rear center seatbelt 7261. with a new one free of charge. The recall began on June 11, 2007. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 157
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law NISSAN DIESEL Ud1200 Ud1800cs 2002, 2003, 2004 2002, 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seat belts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seat belts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: On certain light duty trucks, the Vehicle Description: On certain light duty trucks, the passenger seat belt may have the incorrect seat belt anchor passenger seat belt may have the incorrect seat belt anchor installed. installed. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the passenger seat frame/anchor, if necessary. Owner notifica- the passenger seat frame/anchor, if necessary. Owner notifica- tion began october 20, 2003. Owners should contact Nissan tion began october 20, 2003. Owners should contact Nissan Diesel at 1-972-756-5500. Diesel at 1-972-756-5500. Ud1400 2002, 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seat belts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: On certain light duty trucks, the passenger seat belt may have the incorrect seat belt anchor installed. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the passenger seat frame/anchor, if necessary. Owner notifica- tion began october 20, 2003. Owners should contact Nissan Diesel at 1-972-756-5500. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 158
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OLDSMOBILE Correction: Dealers will replace the energy-absorbing Aurora seatbelt assemblies with one that does not have the energy- 1995 absorbing loop. Owner notification began on August 8, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The rear shoul- within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800- der belt(s) do not retract. A retainer could separate from a rear 222-1020, GMC at 1-800-462-8782, or Oldsmobile at 1-800- seat shoulder belt retractor which results in the retractor return 442-6537. spring becoming disengaged. Risk: In a crash, an occupant may receive more severe inju- ries if there is excessive slack in the shoulder belt. Bravada Correction: Dealers will inspect both rear shoulder belt re- 2002 tractors for correct function and install a spring cover retaining Part Recalled: Seatbelts strap to each retractor. If a retractor does not function correctly, Vehicle Description: Certain light duty pickup trucks and it will be replaced. sport utility vehicles fail to conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” One of the Bravada two sensors in the driver’s and front passenger’s seatbelt retractors could be inoperative. The seatbelt retractors will lock 1997 when the belt webbing is extracted during a crash; however, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly the mechanism that locks the seatbelt retractor when the vehicle decelerates quickly, such as heavy braking, may not Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles were operate as intended. built with a driver’s seatbelt buckle assembly that contains an energy-absorbing loop. Sustained loads of sufficient magnitude Risk: If this were to occur, the safety belt may not restrain the and duration on the belt in severe crashes could fully deploy occupant as intended during a crash, and could result in injury the buckle energy-absorbing loop, introducing a total of 10 to the occupant. additional inches of webbing into the seatbelt system. The free Correction: Dealers will inspect the driver and front pas- falling latch plate used in this system may allow webbing to senger safety belt retractors, and replace them if necessary. dynamically distribute between the lap and shoulder belt as the Owner notification began on June 24, 2004. Owners should driver’s position changes during a multiple rollover event. contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, GMC at 1-866-996- Risk: If the energy-absorbing loop fully deploys in a severe 9463, or Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537. multiple rollover crash, it is possible that a belted driver may experience partial or even complete ejection from the vehicle. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 159
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OLDSMOBILE Ciera Cutlass 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: These vehicles were assembled with Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor rear outboard safety belt anchorages that may not withstand plate exhibits stress cracks. the required load. This does not comply with fmvss no.210, Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” fracture and injury to the seat occupant can occur. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In a collison, stress Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt can cause the attacHMEnt metal to tear and allow the anchor- system. age to separate from the body of the vehicle. The safety belt may not protect an occupant in the event of a vehicle crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the existing anchor bolts Intrigue with a new shoulder bolt and thread locking adhesive. Addition- 1998, 1999 ally, noise control patches will be applied at each anchorage. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Some of these Cutlass vehicles were built with rear seat shoulder belts that could 1995 twist, allowing the webbing to be jammed in the retractor. When the shoulder belt webbing becomes jammed in the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage retractor, the seatbelt becomes unusable. Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor Risk: This could prevent a person from using the seatbelt plate exhibits stress cracks. system, and a risk of injury to an unbelted person in a crash Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can would be increased. fracture, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will remove any twists from the rear Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt shoulder belt(s) and install clips to the belt web guide to pre- system. vent twisting. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 160
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OLDSMOBILE Intrigue Silhouette 2000, 2001 1992, 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Vehicle Description: vehicle fails to conform to fmvss trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The safety belt of the left third seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt row seat on the six passenger van and the center second row assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do seat of the seven passenger van may lock up and cannot be not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle withdrawn from the retractor. safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The occupants of Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not these seats will not be able to use the affected belt. In the be properly restrained. event of a vehicle crash, unbelted occupants are at increased Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt risk of injury. buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any Correction: Owners are being asked to inspect their safety belt buckle assembly. vehicles to determine if the suspect retractor exhibits a lockup condition. Based on this inspection, dealers will replace the safety belts if the belt locks up. Replacement of the suspect Intrigue safety belt will be available to consumers for the life of the 2000, 2001 vehicle. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles, equipped with sunvisor located air bag labels, fail to conform to federal motor vehicles safety standard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” These vehicles have a message area less than 30 cm which does not meet the requirements of the standard. Risk: These vehicles do not comply with the standard. Correction: gm will mail a new bilingual air bag label with installation instructions. However, the customer may bring the label to their dealer for installation free of charge. Owner notification began may 4, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free label and installation instructions within a reasonable time should contact Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537 or Buick at 1-800-521-7300. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 161
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OLDSMOBILE Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Passengers seated Silhouette in these positon maybe unable to extract and fasten their 1993, 1994 seatbelts until the vehicle is moved to a more level surface. Unbelted occupants are more at risk of injury in the event of a Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing collision than those using safety belts. Vehicle Description: The second row, right hand shoulder belt can become “pinched” between the seat and the door Correction: Dealers will remove third row safety belt retrac- tors and reinstall them properly. frame pillar trim. The shoulder belt may not retract properly, which does not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” The 1994 vehicles have an Silhouette optional integral (built in) childseat installed next to the power sliding side door. The 1993 involved vehicles have standard 1994 seats in that same position. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Risk: Improper shoulder belt retraction does not provide Vehicle Description: The safety belt retractors for the rear adequate protection to the seat occupant in the event of a sud- center position are missing a pawl spring and in case of an den stop or collision. accident, will allow the safety belt webbing to extend beyond Correction: Dealers will replace the door frame pillar trim the minimum requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash panel with a redesigned trim panel. Also, a caution label will protection.” be applied to the child seat advising the owner not to install Risk: In the event of an accident the safety belt would the seat to the passenger side of a vehicle with a power sliding notrestrain the occupant, subjecting the occupant to increased side door. risk of injuries. Correction: Dealers will inspect the safety belt retractor as- Silhouette sembly and replace the retractor if the pawl spring is missing. 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The third row safety belt retractors may be installed incorrectly and may lock-up when the vehicle is on slopes of less than 15 degrees, which does not comply with fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 162
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OLDSMOBILE Silhouette 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. Toronado 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Vehicle Description: The front outer shoulder belt web sew stop can become stuck in the retractor. The belt can be difficult to pull out of the retractor and some occupants may not be able to fasten the belt. Risk: This condition can prevent a person from using their restraint system resulting in an increased risk of injury in an accident. Correction: Dealer will install a webbing stop button if the customer requests repair. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 163
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law OTTAWA Terminal Tractor Truck 2007 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain 4x2 and 6x4 terminal Vehicle Description: Trucks equipped with safety belt as- tractors equipped with seat anchorage system tethers fail to semblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety and connector may unlatch during a collision. standard no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” The tether Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- that anchors the seat at the seatbelt attacHMEnt point to the cupant is not properly restrained. floor of the cab has been determined by our supplier to have not met the performance requirements normally provided on Correction: Am-safe notified Ottawa customers to return the adjuster mechanism. their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Am-safe is conducting the owner Risk: In the event of a crash and the tether is not adjusted notification for this campaign. Owners who take their vehicles correctly, the seat and seatbelt may not be secured allow- to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and ing the passenger to be thrown forward, possibly resulting in do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should personal injuries. contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330. Correction: Dealers will install the new tether strap free of charge. The recall began on July 31, 2007. Owners may contact kalmar-Ottawa at 785-229-6327. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 164
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PETERBILT 330 378 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Class 7 and class 8 vehicles. These Vehicle Description: Class 7 and class 8 vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 207, vehicles do not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seating system,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- “Seating system,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- ages.” Some fasteners used to attach the shoulder belt anchor ages.” Some fasteners used to attach the shoulder belt anchor bracket to the cab structure were omitted during production. bracket to the cab structure were omitted during production. Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder belt anchorage Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder belt anchorage may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing the risk may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing the risk of personal injury. of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will add the necessary fasteners. Own- Correction: Dealers will add the necessary fasteners. Own- er notification began March 19, 2001. Owners who take their er notification began March 19, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4000. time should contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4000. 357 385 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Class 7 and class 8 vehicles. These Vehicle Description: Class 7 and class 8 vehicles. These vehicles do not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 207, vehicles do not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seating system,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- “Seating system,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchor- ages.” Some fasteners used to attach the shoulder belt anchor ages.” Some fasteners used to attach the shoulder belt anchor bracket to the cab structure were omitted during production. bracket to the cab structure were omitted during production. Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder belt anchorage Risk: In the event of a crash, the shoulder belt anchorage may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing the risk may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing the risk of personal injury. of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will add the necessary fasteners. Own- Correction: Dealers will add the necessary fasteners. Own- er notification began March 19, 2001. Owners who take their er notification began March 19, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4000. time should contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4000. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 165
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PL CUSTOM Crusader Rescue 2003, 2004 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Some fire trucks equipped with Vehicle Description: Some fire trucks equipped with seatbelts built by amsafe fail to conform to the load require- seatbelts built by amsafe fail to conform to the load require- ment of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt ment of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or PL Custom at 1-732-223-1411. PL Custom at 1-732-223-1411. Medallion Sentry 2003 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Some fire trucks equipped with Vehicle Description: Some fire trucks equipped with seatbelts built by amsafe fail to conform to the load require- seatbelts built by amsafe fail to conform to the load require- ment of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt ment of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or PL Custom at 1-732-223-1411. PL Custom at 1-732-223-1411. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 166
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PL CUSTOM Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Titan vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat 2003 occupant. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Vehicle Description: Some fire trucks equipped with PL Custom at 1-732-223-1411. seatbelts built by amsafe fail to conform to the load require- ment of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. PLYMOUTH Acclaim Colt 1994 1992, 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belt anchors (buckle lock Vehicle Description: The guide rail on the driver’s side bars) do not meet the static load requirements of fmvss no. contains a covered cable and also an angled belt guide at the 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” top end of the webbing. The combination of these factors can Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: In event of an ac- lead, over time, to the cable’s movement exerting abrading cident, the seatbelt assembly may fail, exposing the restrained force to the lower edges of the cable’s chamber, sufficient to occupants to a greater risk of injury. cause the cable to drop out of the chamber with the shoulder belt anchorage becoming stuck. Correction: The traveling safety belt lock bar assemblies will be replaced on these vehicles. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will install a new replacement guide rail that incorporates a double lip dust seal and an anodic oxide coating. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 167
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PLYMOUTH Grand Voyager Grand Voyager 1992, 1993 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. Covers on the Vehicle Description: solid stalk mounted seatbelt buckles can become dislodged Risk: causing the release button to stick inside the cover. The buckle would then be only partially latched. Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace both child seat as- semblies with revised seats containing retractor improvements. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not The revised seats will also increase child comfort by incorpo- be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. rating protective seatbelt wraps to prevent belt chafe. Correction: Dealers will install a cover retaining clip to the stalk mounted buckle cover to prevent dislocation of the buckle cover. Grand Voyager 1996, 1997 Grand Voyager Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat 1992, 1993 Vehicle Description: Multipurpose passenger vehicles equipped with integral child seats. This is not a safety recall in Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage accordance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. The center a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On the integral rear seat, right outboard side, safety belt anchor hook can child seat, the shoulder belts restraining the child retract and become unattached from the body anchor position. lock in place after the belt buckle is connected to the latch Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not plate. The latch plate movement locks the belts to make sure be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. the child is restrained in the case of a vehicle crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the anchor hook retaining Risk: The latch plate located in the seat cushion area must clip with a revised profile clip and a cover plate. be free to move back against its stop after the buckle is removed to allow the shoulder belts to be pulled out. Always be sure the area around the latch plate is free of food or other items that might prevent the latch plate from moving back. Correction: Owners are being provided with a video tape and 2 harness clips. The video tape instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 168
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PLYMOUTH Grand Voyager Voyager 1996 1992, 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The bolts which secure the integrat- Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. The center ed child seat modules to the seat frame can break. rear seat, right outboard side, safety belt anchor hook can Risk: In the event of a vehicle accident, the child seat may become unattached from the body anchor position. not provide adequate protection to the occupant. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not Correction: Dealers will replace the integrated child seat be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. module bolts. Correction: Dealers will replace the anchor hook retaining clip with a revised profile clip and a cover plate. Voyager 1992, 1993 Voyager Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 1996 Vehicle Description: Passenger mini-vans. Covers on the Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat solid stalk mounted seatbelt buckles can become dislodged Vehicle Description: causing the release button to stick inside the cover. The buckle Risk: would then be only partially latched. Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace both child seat as- Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not semblies with revised seats containing retractor improvements. be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. The revised seats will also increase child comfort by incorpo- Correction: Dealers will install a cover retaining clip to the rating protective seatbelt wraps to prevent belt chafe. stalk mounted buckle cover to prevent dislocation of the buckle cover. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 169
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PLYMOUTH Voyager Voyager 1996, 1997 1997, 1998, 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Multipurpose passenger vehicles Vehicle Description: On certain minivans, some trim equipped with integral child seats. This is not a safety recall in material can loosen and drop into the rear outboard seatbelt accordance with federal regulation 573. However, it is deemed assembly, causing the seatbelt to become inoperative. a safety improvement campaign by the agency. On the integral Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be child seat, the shoulder belts restraining the child retract and properly restrained, increasing the risk of personal injury. lock in place after the belt buckle is connected to the latch plate. The latch plate movement locks the belts to make sure Correction: Dealers will replace the trim with foam block- the child is restrained in the case of a vehicle crash. ers and inspect and replace all 3rd row seatbelt assemblies. Owner notification began June 3, 2002. Owners who take their Risk: The latch plate located in the seat cushion area must vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service be free to move back against its stop after the buckle is date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable removed to allow the shoulder belts to be pulled out. Always time should contact Daimler Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. be sure the area around the latch plate is free of food or other items that might prevent the latch plate from moving back. Correction: Owners are being provided with a video tape and 2 harness clips. The video tape instructs owners on the proper use and maintenance of the child seats. Voyager 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:integrated child seat Vehicle Description: The bolts which secure the integrat- ed child seat modules to the seat frame can break. Risk: In the event of a vehicle accident, the child seat may not provide adequate protection to the occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the integrated child seat module bolts. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 170
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PONTIAC Firebird Grand Prix 1997 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: These vehicles were manufactured Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor with seatbelt retractors out of design position which can cause plate exhibits stress cracks. the retractor to lock-up on slopes less severe than the fmvss Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can requirement. This does not comply with fmvss no. 209, “Seat- fracture and injury to the seat occupant can occur. belt assemblies.” Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt Risk: In the event of a vehicle collision, unbelted occupants system. are more at risk of injury than those using seatbelts. Correction: Dealers will inspect the seatbelts for proper front seatbelt retractor position. Retractors found to be improp- Grand Prix erly positioned will be reinstalled correctly. 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Grand Prix Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty 1995 trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Vehicle Description: The center rear seatbelt anchor not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle plate exhibits stress cracks. safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seatbelt system can Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not fracture, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant. be properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will replace the center rear seatbelt Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt system. buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any safety belt buckle assembly. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 171
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PONTIAC Lemans Solstice 1992, 1993 2008 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Insufficient lubrication in the guide Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to track rail in which the shoulder belt carrier moves causing a comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety chattering noise, momentary binding while traveling, cycling standard no. 207, “Seating systems.” And standard no. 210, back and forth, or stops completely. “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” These vehicles may have Risk: This condition can prevent a person from using their- one to four inboard seat stud fasteners that do not meet speci- restraint system resulting in an increased risk of injury in an fication for strength. accident. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat and seatbelt assembly Correction: Dealers will lubricate the track system on these may not restrain the occupant as intended and could result in vehicles. injury to the occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect the inboard seat studs and, if necessary, remove the stud and install a bolt free of charge. Montana The recall began on October 10, 2007. Owners may contact 2000, 2001 Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668 and Saturn at 1-800-972-8876. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty Sunfire trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw 2004 seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not ‘Seatbelt assembly anchorages.’ The passenger-side rear be properly restrained. safety belt may have been installed with an incorrect nut and bolt. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any Risk: In a severe crash, the upper seatbelt anchorage may safety belt buckle assembly. separate. The effectiveness of the seatbelt could then be reduced and the occupant could receive greater injuries. Correction: Dealers are to inspect the safety belt anchorage and install a new nut and bolt, if necessary. The recall began on August 23, 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1- 800-630-2438 and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 172
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PONTIAC Risk: Improper shoulder belt retraction does not provide Trans Sport adequate protection to the seat occupant in the event of a sud- 1992, 1993 den stop or collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Correction: Dealers will replace the door frame pillar trim panel with a redesigned trim panel. Also, a caution label will Vehicle Description: vehicle fails to conform to fmvss be applied to the child seat advising the owner not to install no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” The safety belt of the left third the seat to the passenger side of a vehicle with a power sliding row seat on the six passenger van and the center second row side door. seat of the seven passenger van may lock up and cannot be withdrawn from the retractor. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The occupants of Trans Sport these seats will not be able to use the affected belt. In the 1994 event of a vehicle crash, unbelted occupants are at increased risk of injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Correction: Owners are being asked to inspect their Vehicle Description: The third row safety belt retractors vehicles to determine if the suspect retractor exhibits a lockup may be installed incorrectly and may lock-up when the vehicle condition. Based on this inspection, dealers will replace the is on slopes of less than 15 degrees, which does not comply safety belts if the belt locks up. Replacement of the suspect with fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” safety belt will be available to consumers for the life of the Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Passengers seated vehicle. in these positon maybe unable to extract and fasten their seatbelts until the vehicle is moved to a more level surface. Unbelted occupants are more at risk of injury in the event of a Trans Sport collision than those using safety belts. 1993, 1994 Correction: Dealers will remove third row safety belt retrac- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:webbing tors and reinstall them properly. Vehicle Description: The second row, right hand shoulder belt can become “pinched” between the seat and the door frame pillar trim. The shoulder belt may not retract properly, which does not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” The 1994 vehicles have an optional integral (built in) childseat installed next to the power sliding side door. The 1993 involved vehicles have standard seats in that same position. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 173
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PONTIAC Risk: In the event of an accident the safety belt would Trans Sport notrestrain the occupant, subjecting the occupant to increased 1994 risk of injuries. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Correction: Dealers will inspect the safety belt retractor as- sembly and replace the retractor if the pawl spring is missing. Vehicle Description: The safety belt retractors for the rear center position are missing a pawl spring and in case of an accident, will allow the safety belt webbing to extend beyond the minimum requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” PORSCHE Cayenne s Cayenne s 2003, 2004, 2005 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Certain passenger cars fail to Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety rear seatbelt latch attacHMEnt bolt is insufficient riveted. standard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” All three rear Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be seat positions and the front passenger position are equipped properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. with seatbelt retractors that have a locking feature which converts the retractor from an emergency locking retractor Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if (elr) mode to an automatic locking retractor (alr) mode for the necessary, replace the latch. Owner notification began on June purposes of child restraint installation. The belt may deactivate 1, 2004. Owners should contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039. the alr mode with certain child restraints. Risk: when involved in a crash, the child restraints may not be properly secured increasing the risk of injury or death to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will permanently install a clip in either of the affected rear outboard seatbelts and provide an owner’s manual insert. The clips will prevent unwarranted conversion from alr to elr mode with child seat installation. The recall began may 17, 2005. Owners should contact Porsche at 1- 800-545-8039. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 174
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law PORSCHE Cayenne Turbo Cayenne 2003, 2004, 2005 2003, 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain passenger cars fail to Vehicle Description: Certain passenger cars fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” All three rear standard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” All three rear seat positions and the front passenger position are equipped seat positions and the front passenger position are equipped with seatbelt retractors that have a locking feature which with seatbelt retractors that have a locking feature which converts the retractor from an emergency locking retractor converts the retractor from an emergency locking retractor (elr) mode to an automatic locking retractor (alr) mode for the (elr) mode to an automatic locking retractor (alr) mode for the purposes of child restraint installation. The belt may deactivate purposes of child restraint installation. The belt may deactivate the alr mode with certain child restraints. the alr mode with certain child restraints. Risk: when involved in a crash, the child restraints may not Risk: when involved in a crash, the child restraints may not be properly secured increasing the risk of injury or death to the be properly secured increasing the risk of injury or death to the seat occupant. seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will permanently install a clip in either Correction: Dealers will permanently install a clip in either of the affected rear outboard seatbelts and provide an owner’s of the affected rear outboard seatbelts and provide an owner’s manual insert. The clips will prevent unwarranted conversion manual insert. The clips will prevent unwarranted conversion from alr to elr mode with child seat installation. The recall from alr to elr mode with child seat installation. The recall began may 17, 2005. Owners should contact Porsche at 1- began may 17, 2005. Owners should contact Porsche at 1- 800-545-8039. 800-545-8039. Cayenne Turbo Cayenne 2003, 2004 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the rear seatbelt latch attacHMEnt bolt is insufficient riveted. rear seatbelt latch attacHMEnt bolt is insufficient riveted. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if Correction: Dealers will inspect the belt buckle latch and, if necessary, replace the latch. Owner notification began on June necessary, replace the latch. Owner notification began on June 1, 2004. Owners should contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039. 1, 2004. Owners should contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 175
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law RIALTA Rialta Rialta 1996 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The seatbelt “d” ring support bracket Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some for the two companion seats (seats behind the driver/front pas- motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal senger seats) was incorrectly installed. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: In its present location, the support bracket is not Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a attached to a structural member and can separate from its vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat mounting during an accident increasing the risk of personal occupant. injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, remove began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe and replace the seatbelt “d” ring support bracket in the correct at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. location. Rialta 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: A spacer was omitted at the lower seatbelt anchor point of the driver and front passenger seat. Risk: The missing spacer can cause the seatbelt anchor system to fail in the event of a crash increasing the risk of personal injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will install the seatbelt anchor spacer. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 176
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ROYAL COACH Bus 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Am-safe is conduct- ing the owner notification. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 219-266-8330 or Monaco at 219-862-7211. SAAB 39694 900 2003, 2004 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Some sport sedans were built with Vehicle Description: During static testing of belt anchor- seatbelt retractors that were damaged during the manufactur- age points, the outboard attacHMEnt plate being used in the ing process. If damaged, over time, the automatic tensioning testing deformed and detached from the seat anchorage. This system (ats) cable in the seatbelt retractor could break causing does not comply with fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies” the belt webbing to not retract. and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Risk: In the event of a crash, a front seat occupant may Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The belt may not receive more severe injuries. latch properly increasing the risk of injury to an occupant Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt retractor should a vehicle crash occur. assemblies. The recall began on January 24, 2005. Owners Correction: Dealers will inspect the safety belt assemblies should contact Saab at 1-800-955-9007. for the date of manufacture. Any assembly with date year 96 week 10 day 2 will be replaced. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 177
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SAFARI Cheetah Continental 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. 1-219-266-8330. Cheetah Continental 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 178
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SAFARI Sahara Serengetti 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. 1-219-266-8330. Sahara Serengetti 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 179
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SAFARI Trek Zanzibar 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes Vehicle Description: Certain class a motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began October 18, 20000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at contact smc customer service at 1-800-344-6332 or am-safe at 1-219-266-8330. 1-219-266-8330. Trek Zanzibar 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge Vehicle Description: Certain motor homes built on Dodge van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- van chassis and equipped with safety belt assemblies pro- duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. duced by am-safe between January 28 and August 15, 2000. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- Correction: Dealers will repair the seatbelts. Owner notifica- tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles tion began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc contact am-safe commercial products at 219-266-8330 or smc at 1-800-344-6332. at 1-800-344-6332. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 180
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SATURN January 22, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an L-series authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do 2000 not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, prompt #3. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, sport utility vehicles, and mini vans equipped with trw Sc1 seatbelt buckle assemblies. The buckle base of these seatbelt 1997 assemblies were not properly heat treated and therefore do not pass the load bearing requirement of federal motor vehicle Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor safety standard no. 209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. If the driver or front passenger safety belt is pulled out much faster than Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the occupant may not normal, a number of time, the lock-up feature of the retractor be properly restrained. will not work properly. Correction: Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s safety belt buckle assembly date codes and, if necessary, will replace any Risk: In a rapid deceleration or vehicle crash, the occupant would not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal safety belt buckle assembly. injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver and front pas- S-series sedan senger safety belt retractor. 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Sc2 Vehicle Description: Certain sedans fail to comply with 1997 federal motor vehicle safety standards no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages,” and no. 214, “Side impact protection.” Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor These vehicles were manufactured with welds between the Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. If the driver door striker and belt-line that do not meet Saturn specifica- or front passenger safety belt is pulled out much faster than tions. normal, a number of time, the lock-up feature of the retractor will not work properly. Risk: If the seatbelt anchorage on the pillar failed in a crash, the driver could be injured more seriously. In a side impact, Risk: In a rapid deceleration or vehicle crash, the occupant occupants could also be injured more seriously because of would not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal greater intrusion or reduced performance of the optional side injury. curtain air bag. Correction: Dealers will replace the driver and front pas- Correction: Dealers will install additional structural fasten- senger safety belt retractor. ers to the driver’s side door pillar. Owner notification began Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 181
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SATURN Sc Sl 1999, 2000 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These ve- Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These ve- hicles do not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 210, hicles do not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Some of the vehicles were “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Some of the vehicles were produced with seatbelt shoulder guide anchor bolts that were produced with seatbelt shoulder guide anchor bolts that were not adequately tightened at the center pillar and could fall out, not adequately tightened at the center pillar and could fall out, making the seatbelt inoperative. making the seatbelt inoperative. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained. properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles for proper Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles for proper installation and torque of the seatbelt shoulder guide anchor installation and torque of the seatbelt shoulder guide anchor bolts. bolts. Sky Sw 2008 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. These ve- comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety hicles do not comply with requirements of fmvss no. 210, standard no. 207, “Seating systems.” And standard no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Some of the vehicles were “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” These vehicles may have produced with seatbelt shoulder guide anchor bolts that were one to four inboard seat stud fasteners that do not meet speci- not adequately tightened at the center pillar and could fall out, fication for strength. making the seatbelt inoperative. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat and seatbelt assembly Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be may not restrain the occupant as intended and could result in properly restrained. injury to the occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect these vehicles for proper Correction: Dealers will inspect the inboard seat studs and, installation and torque of the seatbelt shoulder guide anchor if necessary, remove the stud and install a bolt free of charge. bolts. The recall began on October 10, 2007. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668 and Saturn at 1-800-972-8876. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 182
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SATURN Correction: Dealers will replace the rear shoulder guide Vue anchor bolts. Owner notification began December 19, 2001. 2002 Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage within a reasonable time should contact Saturn at 1-800-553- Vehicle Description: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to 6000. comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt as- sembly anchorages.” Some vehicles were produced with rear outer seatbelt shoulder guide anchor bolts that were incorrectly installed. Risk: If these bolts were incorrectly installed, they would not withstand the load requirements of the standard. If an anchor- age failed in a crash, the occupant would not be properly restrained and could have an increased risk of injury. SPARTAN Advantage Baron 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- sembly anchorages.” sembly anchorages.” Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause injury to the occupants of those seats. injury to the occupants of those seats. Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting fasteners. fasteners. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 183
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SPARTAN Charger Gladiator 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 1999 Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements sembly anchorages.” of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen sembly anchorages.” or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its injury to the occupants of those seats. mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting injury to the occupants of those seats. fasteners. Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting fasteners. Galaxy New Generation 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- sembly anchorages.” Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause injury to the occupants of those seats. Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting fasteners. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 184
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SPARTAN Metro Star Silent Knight 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger Vehicle Description: fire trucks. These fire trucks are all seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab 4-door models which contain dual, forward facing passenger floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type seats. The hardware utilized to mount the seat box to the cab 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements floor and to the backwall structure, and also to mount the type of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- 1 seatbelt systems, was inadequate to meet the requirements sembly anchorages.” of fmvss nos. 207/210, “”Seating systems” and “seatbelt as- sembly anchorages.” Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its Risk: The seat box mounting/restraining hardware can loosen mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause or fail allowing the seat/seat box assembly to break free of its injury to the occupants of those seats. mounting to the cab floor and/or backwall which could cause injury to the occupants of those seats. Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting fasteners. Correction: Dealers will replace the seat box mounting fasteners. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 185
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law STARCRAFT BUS Mobility minivan Starshuttle 2002, 2003 2002, 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain transit buses fail to comply Vehicle Description: Certain transit buses fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle standard no. with the requirements of federal motor vehicle standard no. 225, “Child restraint anchorage systems.” Some transit buses 225, “Child restraint anchorage systems.” Some transit buses with a gross vehicle weight rate of 8500 lbs. To 10,000 lbs. Did with a gross vehicle weight rate of 8500 lbs. To 10,000 lbs. Did not have child restraint anchorage systems installed. not have child restraint anchorage systems installed. Risk: This does not comply with the standard. Risk: This does not comply with the standard. Correction: Dealers will install child restraint anchorage Correction: Dealers will install child restraint anchorage systems. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized systems. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact starcraft free remedy within a reasonable time should contact starcraft at 1-800-348-7440. at 1-800-348-7440. Starbus 2002, 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain transit buses fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle standard no. 225, “Child restraint anchorage systems.” Some transit buses with a gross vehicle weight rate of 8500 lbs. To 10,000 lbs. Did not have child restraint anchorage systems installed. Risk: This does not comply with the standard. Correction: Dealers will install child restraint anchorage systems. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact starcraft at 1-800-348-7440. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 186
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SUBARU Forester 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. The left and right front seatbelt buckle/latch assemblies were improperly manufac- tured. Risk: In the event of a crash, the front seatbelts could unlatch, which could result in personal injury to the seat oc- cupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the left and right front seat- belt buckle/latch assemblies. Owner notification began Febru- ary 19, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Legacy 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. Incorrect beige rear center seatbelt webbing was installed. The belt length is too short. Risk: The seat occupant would not be properly restrained in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace all beige colored rear cen- ter lap/shoulder belts with lot number 0171. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 187
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law SUZUKI Forenza Verona 2006, 2007 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vehicles may front seatbelt tongue will not latch into the buckle and, in rare have a mislocated sensor in the driver’s seatbelt buckle as- cases, even the locked tongue will pop out by low stretching sembly. This condition can prevent the driver’s seatbelt tongue force. If the buckle does not latch completely, the buckle could from being inserted into the buckle. release without pressing the release button. Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be Risk: These buckle malfunctions, which could prevent a properly restrained increasing the risk of injury. person from using the seatbelt or could cause the seatbelt to Correction: Dealers will replace the driver’s seatbelt buckle fail to function as designed, can increase the risk of injury in a assembly. Owner notification began September 4, 2003. Own- crash. ers should contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Correction: Dealers will replace the front driver and passen- ger seatbelt buckles with the improved part free of charge. The recall began on August 31, 2007. Owners may contact Suzuki Vitara at 1-800-934-0934. 1999 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Reno Vehicle Description: 2-door passenger vehicles. Dur- 2006, 2007 ing port installation of rear stereo speakers, the front seatbelt lower anchor bolts were removed to facilitate the rear speaker Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly installation and may not have been torqued to specification Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles, the after installation of the speakers. front seatbelt tongue will not latch into the buckle and, in rare Risk: In the event of a crash, the seatbelts may not properly cases, even the locked tongue will pop out by low stretching restrain an occupant increasing the risk of injury. force. If the buckle does not latch completely, the buckle could release without pressing the release button. Correction: Dealers will retorque both of the front seatbelt lower anchor bolts to specification. Risk: These buckle malfunctions, which could prevent a person from using the seatbelt or could cause the seatbelt to fail to function as designed, can increase the risk of injury in a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the front driver and passen- ger seatbelt buckles with the improved part free of charge. The recall began on August 31, 2007. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 188
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS Conventional Conventional 1993, 1994 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: The metal housing of the safety belt Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses retractors on automatic locking retractor/emergency locking with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for retractor safety belts can become deformed preventing exten- the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and sion and/or retraction of the belt. release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load Risk: Passengers would be unable to extend or retract their bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- safety belts and would be at a risk of injury in the event of an tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, accident. the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap Correction: Dealers will install a hardened washer which on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from will decrease the possibility of deformation of the safety belt separating. retractor. Damaged retractors will be replaced. Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the Conventional seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. 2000 Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a col- date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable lision. time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- at 574-266-8330. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Thomas built’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began September 21, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Thomas built at 1-336-889-4871. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 189
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the Er Model connector could separate from the connector and render the 2000 seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a col- vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service lision. date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe cupant is not properly restrained. at 574-266-8330. Correction: Am-safe notified Thomas built’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began Fs-65 September 21, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should 2001, 2002 contact Thomas built at 1-336-889-4871. Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain my 1994 through 2002 Er Model Thomas built minotour, fs-65, mvp-ef, er, and hdx-ef school buses manufactured between January 23, 1994, and April 15, 2000, 2001 2002. The seatbelt may chafe on the edge of a metal bracket Part Recalled: Seatbelts and wear prematurely. Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal injury. the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and Correction: Thomas built will notify owners and replace any release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load chafed seatbelts and replace or modify the retainer strip to bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- prevent any further chafing. Due to parts availability, the recall tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, is expected to begin on or about February 29, 2008. Owners the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting may contact Thomas built at 336-889-4871 or contact Freight- in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap liner at 800-547-0712. on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 190
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS connector could separate from the connector and render the Hdx ef seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. 2001, 2002 Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will Part Recalled: Seatbelts replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their Vehicle Description: Certain my 1994 through 2002 vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service Thomas built minotour, fs-65, mvp-ef, er, and hdx-ef school date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable buses manufactured between January 23, 1994, and April 15, time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe 2002. The seatbelt may chafe on the edge of a metal bracket at 574-266-8330. and wear prematurely. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may Minotour srw not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal injury. 2000, 2001 Correction: Thomas built will notify owners and replace any chafed seatbelts and replace or modify the retainer strip to Part Recalled: Seatbelts prevent any further chafing. Due to parts availability, the recall Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses is expected to begin on or about February 29, 2008. Owners with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for may contact Thomas built at 336-889-4871 or contact Freight- the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and liner at 800-547-0712. release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, Minotour drw the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting 2000, 2001 in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from Part Recalled: Seatbelts separating. Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for connector could separate from the connector and render the the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service separating. date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the at 574-266-8330. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 191
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS Thomas built minotour, fs-65, mvp-ef, er, and hdx-ef school Minotour buses manufactured between January 23, 1994, and April 15, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 2002. The seatbelt may chafe on the edge of a metal bracket and wear prematurely. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may Vehicle Description: School buses built on Chevrolet not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal injury. chassis with a corrugated steel floor and and equipped with 45” wide restraining passenger seats. The 45” wide restraining Correction: Thomas built will notify owners and replace any passenger seat fails to comply with the performance require- chafed seatbelts and replace or modify the retainer strip to ments of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” prevent any further chafing. Due to parts availability, the recall is expected to begin on or about February 29, 2008. Owners Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be may contact Thomas built at 336-889-4871 or contact Freight- properly restrained. liner at 800-547-0712. Correction: Dealers will install two additional anchorage points connecting the seat to the floor. Minotour Minotour 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage 1993, 1994 Vehicle Description: Certain school and transit buses fail Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage to comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt Vehicle Description: Safety belt anchorages do not com- assembly anchorages.” The seatbelt anchorages will only hold ply with the strength requirements of fmvss no. 210, “Seatbelt 4,400 lbs. In lieu of the required 5000 lb. assembly anchorages.” Risk: In the event of a crash, a seat occupant may not be Risk: The seat occupant would suffer increased risk of injury properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. the safety belt anchorage failed in a sudden stop or accident. Correction: Dealers will add a fastener to the track mounted Correction: Dealers will repair these safety belt anchor- seat. Owner notification began April 21, 2003. Owners who ages. take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a rea- sonable time should contact Thomas built at 336-889-4871. Minotour 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain my 1994 through 2002 Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 192
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS is expected to begin on or about February 29, 2008. Owners Minotour may contact Thomas built at 336-889-4871 or contact Freight- 2000 liner at 800-547-0712. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped Mvp ef with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some 2000 seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a col- lision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some cupant is not properly restrained. seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a col- Correction: Am-safe notified Thomas built’s customers lision. to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. September 21, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do Correction: Am-safe notified Thomas built’s customers not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the contact Thomas built at 1-336-889-4871. seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began September 21, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do Mvp ef not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, contact Thomas built at 1-336-889-4871. 2001, 2002 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Mvp ef Vehicle Description: Certain my 1994 through 2002 2000, 2001 Thomas built minotour, fs-65, mvp-ef, er, and hdx-ef school Part Recalled: Seatbelts buses manufactured between January 23, 1994, and April 15, Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses 2002. The seatbelt may chafe on the edge of a metal bracket with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for and wear prematurely. the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load not be properly restrained, possibly resulting in personal injury. bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- Correction: Thomas built will notify owners and replace any tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, chafed seatbelts and replace or modify the retainer strip to the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting prevent any further chafing. Due to parts availability, the recall in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 193
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Mvp er Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the 2000, 2001 connector could separate from the connector and render the Part Recalled: Seatbelts seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Vehicle Description: On certain school or transit buses with passenger seatbelts with retractors, the cover halves for Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that the retractable portion of the belt can separate completely and snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will release the seatbelt connector. If this occurs, one of the load replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connec- vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service tor and render the seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable the seat occupant would not be properly restrained resulting time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe in an injury. The seatbelt supplier, amsafe, will provide a snap at 574-266-8330. on “over-cover” to owners to prevent the seatbelt cover from separating. Mvp er Risk: If this occurs, one of the load bearing pins in the connector could separate from the connector and render the 2000 seatbelt unusable. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly would not be properly restrained resulting in an injury. Vehicle Description: School and transit buses equipped Correction: Dealers will provide a plastic outer cover that with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some snaps over the existing cover on units in the field and will seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a col- replace broken seatbelts free of charge. Owners who take their lision. vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable cupant is not properly restrained. time should contact Thomas built at 336-841-5924 or amsafe at 574-266-8330. Correction: Am-safe notified Thomas built’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began September 21, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Thomas built at 1-336-889-4871. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 194
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law THOMAS Mvp Vista 1993, 1994 1993, 1994 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: The metal housing of the safety belt Vehicle Description: The metal housing of the safety belt retractors on automatic locking retractor/emergency locking retractors on automatic locking retractor/emergency locking retractor safety belts can become deformed preventing exten- retractor safety belts can become deformed preventing exten- sion and/or retraction of the belt. sion and/or retraction of the belt. Risk: Passengers would be unable to extend or retract their Risk: Passengers would be unable to extend or retract their safety belts and would be at a risk of injury in the event of an safety belts and would be at a risk of injury in the event of an accident. accident. Correction: Dealers will install a hardened washer which Correction: Dealers will install a hardened washer which will decrease the possibility of deformation of the safety belt will decrease the possibility of deformation of the safety belt retractor. Damaged retractors will be replaced. retractor. Damaged retractors will be replaced. Saf-t-liner Vista 1993, 1994 1995 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The metal housing of the safety belt Vehicle Description: The wrong attacHMEnt bolts were retractors on automatic locking retractor/emergency locking used on the driver’s seat. This does not comply with fmvss retractor safety belts can become deformed preventing exten- no.209, “Seatbelt assemblies.” sion and/or retraction of the belt. Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: The seat occupant Risk: Passengers would be unable to extend or retract their would suffer increased risk of injury if the safety belt anchorage safety belts and would be at a risk of injury in the event of an failed in a sudden stop or accident. accident. Correction: Dealers will remove the noncomplying 5/16” Correction: Dealers will install a hardened washer which bolts from the anchorages and replace them with 7/16” bolts. will decrease the possibility of deformation of the safety belt retractor. Damaged retractors will be replaced. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 195
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIARA Chevrolet Astro Conversion Van 1993 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belt length does not meet Vehicle Description: with the driver seat in the forward the requirements to fit a 95th percentile dummy in the driver’s most position, the safety belt is excessively tight for persons seat position if the seat is in full forward position. This does whose dimensions are a those of 95th percentile male, result- not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant ing in non-compliance with fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash crash protection.” protection.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Large persons in the Risk: The driver would be discouraged from use of the driver’s seat would be exposed to increased risk of injury in a safetybelt assembly due to the uncomfortable fit, exposing the sudden stop or crash. driver to a greaterrisk of serious injury or death in the event of Correction: Dealers will replace the shorter safety belt with an accident. a longer belt that offers the protection set forth in the standard. Correction: The factory safety belt buckle assembly will be replaced using a substitute buckle assembly which has the capability of being extended to achieve the proper fit for 95th Chevrolet Astro percentile males. 1997, 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Conversion Van Vehicle Description: Conversion vans built on Chevrolet 1997, 1998 astro and GMC Safari chassis. The upper seatbelt mounting brackets for the rear sofa are not capable of passing the re- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage quirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210, Vehicle Description: Conversion vans built on 127” wheel “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” base Dodge chassis. The upper seatbelt mounting structure for Risk: The seat occupant will not be adequately restrained the mid-row seats is not capable of passing the requirements in the event of a front impact causing injuries to the seat’s of fmvss no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt occupant. assembly anchorages.” Correction: Dealers will replace the defective brackets. Risk: The seat occupant will not be adequately restrained in the event of a front impact causing injuries to the seat’s occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the defective brackets. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 196
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIARA Conversion Van Elite 1997, 1998 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Conversion vans built on Dodge Vehicle Description: The safety belt length does not meet short wheel base chassis and includes the removable mid- the requirements to fit a 95th percentile dummy in the driver’s seat with the seatbelt retractor mounted to the seat pedestal, seat position if the seat is in full forward position. This does have been found not to comply with the requirements of fmvss not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly crash protection.” anchorages.” Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Large persons in the Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be driver’s seat would be exposed to increased risk of injury in a properly restrained. sudden stop or crash. Correction: Tiara has gone out of business. The correction Correction: Dealers will replace the shorter safety belt with was to repair the seating system. a longer belt that offers the protection set forth in the standard. Conversion Van Gmc Safari 1997, 1998 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: Conversion vans built on Chevrolet Vehicle Description: The safety belt length does not meet astro and GMC Safari chassis. The upper seatbelt mounting the requirements to fit a 95th percentile dummy in the driver’s brackets for the rear sofa are not capable of passing the re- seat position if the seat is in full forward position. This does quirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210, not comply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” crash protection.” Risk: The seat occupant will not be adequately restrained Risk: Consequence of non-compliance: Large persons in the in the event of a front impact causing injuries to the seat’s driver’s seat would be exposed to increased risk of injury in a occupant. sudden stop or crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the defective brackets. Correction: Dealers will replace the shorter safety belt with a longer belt that offers the protection set forth in the standard. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 197
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIARA Gmc Safari 1997, 1998 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Conversion vans built on Chevrolet astro and GMC Safari chassis. The upper seatbelt mounting brackets for the rear sofa are not capable of passing the re- quirements of fmvss no. 207, “Seating systems,” and no. 210, “Seatbelt assembly anchorages.” Risk: The seat occupant will not be adequately restrained in the event of a front impact causing injuries to the seat’s occupant. Correction: Dealers will replace the defective brackets. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 198
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIFFIN Allegro Bay 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Tiffin’s customers to return Correction: Am-safe notified Tiffin’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330. mercial products at 219-266-8330. Allegro Bay 2004, 2005 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The seatbelt assemblies on certain Vehicle Description: The seatbelt assemblies on certain motor homes fail to comply with the loop load requirements motor homes fail to comply with the loop load requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209. ‘seatbelt as- of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209. ‘seatbelt as- semblies. semblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will replace the buckles. Owners Correction: Amsafe will replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Tiffin at 1-256-356- should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Tiffin at 1-256-356- 8661. 8661. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 199
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIFFIN Bus Phaeton 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Tiffin’s customers to return Correction: Am-safe notified Tiffin’s customers to return their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- mercial products at 219-266-8330. mercial products at 219-266-8330. Bus Phaeton 2004, 2005 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: The seatbelt assemblies on certain Vehicle Description: The seatbelt assemblies on certain motor homes fail to comply with the loop load requirements motor homes fail to comply with the loop load requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209. ‘seatbelt as- of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209. ‘seatbelt as- semblies. semblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. occupant. Correction: Amsafe will replace the buckles. Owners Correction: Amsafe will replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Tiffin at 1-256-356- should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Tiffin at 1-256-356- 8661. 8661. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 200
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TIFFIN Zephyr 2000, 2001 Zephyr Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2005 Vehicle Description: Motor homes equipped with safety Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly belt assemblies produced by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the Vehicle Description: The seatbelt assemblies on certain buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor homes fail to comply with the loop load requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209. ‘seatbelt as- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- semblies. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe notified Tiffin’s customers to return Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat their vehicle to an authorized dealer to have the seatbelts occupant. repaired free of charge. Owner notification began August 31, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer Correction: Amsafe will replace the buckles. Owners on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free should contact amsafe at 574-266-8330 or Tiffin at 1-256-356- remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe com- 8661. mercial products at 219-266-8330. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 201
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TOYOTA Camry Sienna 2004, 2005 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: On certain passenger vehicles Vehicle Description: On certain mini vans, in the middle equipped with a front passenger power seat, when installing row seating position, the shoulder portion of the seatbelt may certain rear-facing infant child seat bases onto the seat with an bind in the bezel trim piece. The affected seatbelt bezel is lo- excessively high seatbelt tension, it may be possible to unseat cated on the shoulder portion of the seat in the right side seat a component called the buckle status switch from the seatbelt of the seven passenger models and the center seating position buckle. in the eight passenger models. Risk: If the switch becomes unseated, the front passenger Risk: If the seatbelt binds in the bezel, that extra webbing occupant classification system may mistake the rear-facing may exist in the seatbelt which could result in an improperly child restraint for an unbelted adult occupant, and may not fitted seatbelt on a passenger. In the event of a crash, a seat suppress the deployment of the front passenger airbag. occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of Correction: Dealers will replace the front passenger seat- personal injury. belt buckle status switch. This safety improvement campaign Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt bezel and clip. (ssc 40m) began on December 20, 2004. Owners should con- The recall began August 5, 2005. Owners may contact Toyota tact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.. at 1-800-331-4331. Corolla Tacoma 1994 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front Vehicle Description: The anchor straps installed in the Vehicle Description: Certain pickup trucks fail to conform belt assemblies (front inner, left and right hand sides) were to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard improperly heat treated and can break, which will not suffi- no. 209, ‘Seatbelt assemblies.’ The driver’s side seatbelt has ciently restrain seat occupants in the event of a sudden stop or incorrect markings. accident. This does not comply with fmvss no. 209, “Seatbelt Risk: This does not meet the standard. assemblies.” Correction: Dealers have replaced the seatbelts. No ve- Risk: hicles were sold to consumers. Correction: The manufacturer will provide replacement safety belt anchor straps. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 202
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TOYOTA Toyota Truck 1993 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The wrong safety belt latch tongue plate was installed in some safety belt assemblies. Risk: The safety belt will not latch correctly, causing ther- estraint system to fail; the occupant will be exposed to in- creased risk ofinjury in a sudden stop or crash if failure occurs. Correction: Replace the defective safety belt assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 203
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TRIPLE E RV Commander Empress 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain motorhomes , the secur- Vehicle Description: On certain motorhomes , the secur- ing bolt for the driver and passenger side seatbelt receiver ing bolt for the driver and passenger side seatbelt receiver buckle is stripped. buckle is stripped. Risk: In the event of a crash the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash the seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of injury. properly restrained increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Customers will be mailed the replacement Correction: Customers will be mailed the replacement parts. After receiving the parts customers should make an ap- parts. After receiving the parts customers should make an ap- pointment with the dealer to have the parts installed. The recall pointment with the dealer to have the parts installed. The recall began on March 31, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to began on March 31, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact triple e at 204-325-4361. contact triple e at 204-325-4361. Embassy Signature 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain motorhomes , the secur- Vehicle Description: On certain motorhomes , the secur- ing bolt for the driver and passenger side seatbelt receiver ing bolt for the driver and passenger side seatbelt receiver buckle is stripped. buckle is stripped. Risk: In the event of a crash the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash the seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of injury. properly restrained increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Customers will be mailed the replacement Correction: Customers will be mailed the replacement parts. After receiving the parts customers should make an ap- parts. After receiving the parts customers should make an ap- pointment with the dealer to have the parts installed. The recall pointment with the dealer to have the parts installed. The recall began on March 31, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to began on March 31, 2004. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact triple e at 204-325-4361. contact triple e at 204-325-4361. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 204
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TSUNAMI Tmz 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Amsafe will notify customers and replace the buckles. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Forest River at 1-574-389-4600. TURTLE TOP Econo Transporter Econo Transporter 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 1999, 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vans fail to com- Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vans fail to com- ply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash ply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Perimeter seating was installed without seatbelts protection.” Perimeter seating was installed without seatbelts in vehicles with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 lbs. in vehicles with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 lbs. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will install seatbelts and applicable Correction: Dealers will install seatbelts and applicable hardware. Owner notification began August 21, 2001. Owners hardware. Owner notification began August 21, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Turtle Top at 1-219-831-4340. reasonable time should contact Turtle Top at 1-219-831-4340. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 205
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law TURTLE TOP Standard Vanterra 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vans fail to com- ply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Perimeter seating was installed without seatbelts in vehicles with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 lbs. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will install seatbelts and applicable hardware. Owner notification began August 21, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Turtle Top at 1-219-831-4340. Vanterra Limo 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain passenger vans fail to com- ply with the requirements of fmvss no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” Perimeter seating was installed without seatbelts in vehicles with gross vehicle weights under 10,000 lbs. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will install seatbelts and applicable hardware. Owner notification began August 21, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Turtle Top at 1-219-831-4340. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 206
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law ULTIMATE Advantage Freedom 2000 1997, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- buckle assemblies. sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do Advantage not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should 2000, 2001 contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Freedom the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. 2001 Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly cupant is not properly restrained. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should cupant is not properly restrained. contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective 585-6939. buckle assemblies. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 207
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law UNIMOG Risk: U500 Correction: Only two of these vehicles had been sold 2003 to consumers and both vehicles have been remedied. The Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage remaining vehicles are at dealerships and will be repaired at those locations. No owner notification is necessary for this Vehicle Description: Certain trucks do not comply with campaign. several federal standards: (1) the vehicle certification labels, part 567, Certification; (2) Tire labels, federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 120, Tire selection and rims for motor vehicles other than passenger cars; (3) Incomplete vehicle document, part 568, Vehicles manufactured in two or more stages; (4) Front side reflex reflectors, fmvss no. 108, Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment; (5) Lighting functionality, part 393; (6) driver and passenger seat mounting bolts are not sufficient to ensure compliance with fm- vss no. 207, ‘seating systems; And no. 210, ‘seatbelt assembly anchorages; And (7) seatbelt latches on twin passenger seat do not comply with fmvss no. 209, ‘seating systems. US BUS Sturdibus 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain my 2003 through 2006 U.S. Bus sturdibus school buses. In the event of a crash, the seats attached to the floor track can detach which does not conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, Seatbelt assembly anchorages. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seats can become detached from the floor, possibly resulting in injuries. Correction: U.S. Bus will notify owners and repair the buses free of charge. The recall began on May 27, 2007. Owner can contact U.S. Bus at 765-939-3984. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 208
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law UTILIMASTER Aeromaster 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: On certain walk-in vans equipped with seatbelt buckles manufactured by indiana mills & manu- facturing inc., After repeated flexing, the cable can fatigue and fray at the point where it is crimped to the buckle. Risk: The buckle could detach from the cable, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant in a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt buckle. Owner notification began April 8, 2002. Owners who take their ve- hicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Utilimaster at 1-800-582-3454. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 209
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law VOLKSWAGEN Touareg 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts Vehicle Description: Certain passenger cars fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208, “Occupant crash protection.” All three rear seat positions and the front passenger position are equipped with seatbelt retractors that have a locking feature which converts the retractor from an emergency locking retractor (elr) mode to an automatic locking retractor (alr) mode for the purposes of child restraint installation. The belt may deactivate the alr mode with certain child restraints. Risk: when involved in a crash, the child restraints may not be properly secured, increasing the risk of injuries or death. Correction: Dealers will permanently install a ‘clip’ in each of the two rear outboard seatbelts. The clips will prevent unwanted deactivation of the alr mode with child seat instal- lations. The recall began on April 11, 2005. Owners should contact vw at 1-800-822-8987. Touareg 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles, the rear seatbelt latch attacHMEnt bolt may have been insuffi- ciently riveted. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the belt buckle. Owner notification began on June 21, 2004. Owners should contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 210
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law VOLVO Risk: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of 745 the safety belt in the event of an accident. 1992, 1993 Correction: Dealers will reinforce the metal plate which is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage part of the webbing guide (“d” ring) in the upper safety belt anchorage for both front seating positions. Vehicle Description: The safety belt webbing guide (b-pil- lar “d” ring) can break under heavy loads. Risk: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of 964 the safety belt in the event of an accident. 1992, 1993 Correction: Dealers will reinforce the metal plate which is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage part of the webbing guide (“d” ring) in the upper safety belt anchorage for both front seating positions. Vehicle Description: The safety belt webbing guide (b-pil- lar “d” ring) can break under heavy loads. Risk: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of 944 the safety belt in the event of an accident. 1992, 1993 Correction: Dealers will reinforce the metal plate which is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage part of the webbing guide (“d” ring) in the upper safety belt anchorage for both front seating positions. Vehicle Description: The safety belt webbing guide (b-pil- lar “d” ring) can break under heavy loads. Risk: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of 965 the safety belt in the event of an accident. 1992, 1993 Correction: Dealers will reinforce the metal plate which is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage part of the webbing guide (“d” ring) in the upper safety belt anchorage for both front seating positions. Vehicle Description: The safety belt webbing guide (b-pil- lar “d” ring) can break under heavy loads. Risk: This condition can reduce the restraining capabilities of 945 the safety belt in the event of an accident. 1992, 1993 Correction: Dealers will reinforce the metal plate which is Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage part of the webbing guide (“d” ring) in the upper safety belt anchorage for both front seating positions. Vehicle Description: The safety belt webbing guide (b-pil- lar “d” ring) can break under heavy loads. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 211
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law VOLVO Fe S80 1992, 1993 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belt buckle assembly can Vehicle Description: Sedans and wagons. The rear get caught in the seat suspension mechanism. The movement outboard seatbelt anchorage bolts may have been incorrectly of the air suspension seat could cause the safety belt buckle tightened. tether cable to fray . Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: fraying of the safety belt buckle tether cable couldresult properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. in failure of the cable and increased risk of injury to seat oc- Correction: Dealers will inspect the anchorage bolts and cupantin an accident. tighten to the correct torque level. Owner notification began Correction: Replace the safety belt buckle assembly with a may 7, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized new design buckle assembly. dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Fe 1992, 1993 V70 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2001 Vehicle Description: Heavy duty trucks. The steel braided tether of the safety belt buckle is deformed and can possibly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage be cracked. This happens as the seats are being moved on the Vehicle Description: Sedans and wagons. The rear sliding rail, at the same time they are often caught and pinched outboard seatbelt anchorage bolts may have been incorrectly under the seat frames. tightened. Risk: In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat occupant may Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be not be properly restrained increasing the risk of personal injury. properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace seatbelt buck- Correction: Dealers will inspect the anchorage bolts and les with the cable tether. tighten to the correct torque level. Owner notification began may 7, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 212
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law VOLVO V70 Xc90 2001 2003, 2004 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Part Recalled: Seatbelts:rear Vehicle Description: wagons. The bolted joint, used for Vehicle Description: On certain sport utility vehicles, the attaching the bracket that is part of the installation hardware seatbelt attacHMEnt(s) for the second and third row seat(s) for the isofix-type child restraint, may have been incorrectly may not have been fitted properly. tightened. Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be Risk: In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and repair the second Correction: Dealers will inspect the anchorage bolts and and/or third row seatbelt attachments. Owner notification tighten to the correct torque level. Owner notification began began on December 8, 2003. Owners should contact Volvo at may 7, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized 1-800-458-1552. dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Vhd 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: Certain heavy duty class 8 trucks equipped with an optional two-man passenger bench seat fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 210, ‘seatbelt assembly anchorages. On the two- man passenger bench seat inboard (center) position, seatbelt d-ring mounting bracket weldnut, the weld is not sufficient to meet the seatbelt pull requirements . Risk: These trucks do not comply with the requirements. Correction: Dealers will replace the seatbelt d-ring mount- ing bracket. Owner notification began on April 7, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Volvo trucks at 1-800- 528-6586. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 213
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WESTERN Alpine Coach 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Am-safe in notifying customers that they will inspect and replace the defective buckle assemblies free of charge. WHITE GMC Fe 1992 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The safety belt retractor designed for the passenger side of the cabin was installed on the driver’s side, and the driver’s side retractor was installed on the pas- senger side. Risk: The incorrect emergency locking safety belt retractor- would not function adequately in the event of a sudden stop or accident, andseat occupants would face an increased risk of injury. Correction: Install new, correct retractors as needed. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 214
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Adventurer Adventurer 2000 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Adventurer 2000, 2001 Brave se Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2000 Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, cupant is not properly restrained. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification cupant is not properly restrained. began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do buckle assemblies. not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 215
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Brave se Brave 2000, 2001 2000, 2001 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. 585-6939. Brave Brave 2000 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 216
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Chieftain Chieftain 2000 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Chieftain 2000, 2001 Journey Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 1996 Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, cupant is not properly restrained. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification cupant is not properly restrained. began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do buckle assemblies. not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 217
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Journey Minnie Winnie 1996, 1997 2000 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. cupant is not properly restrained. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification buckle assemblies. began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should Minnie Winnie contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 2000, 2001 585-6939. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Journey safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, 2004, 2005 the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- cupant is not properly restrained. Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should occupant. contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall 585-6939. began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 218
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Minnie Sightseer 2000 2004, 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Minnie 2000, 2001 Sun Cruiser Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly 2000, 2001 Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, cupant is not properly restrained. the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification cupant is not properly restrained. began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an Correction: Dealers will inspect the lap belts and, if neces- authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do sary, replace it with a new belt assembly. Owner notification not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should began may 25, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do 585-6939. not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact am-safe at 1-219-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-641- 585-6939. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 219
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Sun Cruiser Voyage 2000 2005 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Vehicle Description: Class A motor homes equipped with Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some safety belt assemblies built by am-safe. On some seatbelts, motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal the buckle and connector may unlatch during a collision. motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. Risk: Serious injury or death could occur if the vehicle oc- Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a cupant is not properly restrained. vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat Correction: Dealers will inspect and replace the defective occupant. buckle assemblies. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Vectra 2004, 2005 1997 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:buckle assembly Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:retractor Vehicle Description: Certain seatbelt buckles on some Vehicle Description: The seatbelt retractor located next motor homes fail to conform to the load requirement of federal to the driver and passenger seats will not allow the belt to be motor vehicle safety standard no. 209, ‘seatbelt assemblies. extended so that it can be used. Risk: The seatbelt buckle may unlatch in the event of a Risk: In the event of an accident, the vehicle driver or oc- vehicle crash, possibly resulting in personal injury to the seat cupant would not be properly restrained increasing the risk of occupant. personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the buckles. The recall Correction: Dealers will install new seatbelt assemblies in began on November 12, 2004. Owners should contact amsafe these vehicles. at 1-574-266-8330 or Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 220
    • Anapol Schwartz | Attorneys at Law WINNEBAGO Wv221rd 1996 Part Recalled: Seatbelts:front:anchorage Vehicle Description: The seatbelt “d” ring support bracket for the two companion seats (seats behind the driver/front pas- senger seats) was incorrectly installed. Risk: In its present location, the support bracket is not attached to a structural member and can separate from its mounting during an accident increasing the risk of personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, remove and replace the seatbelt “d” ring support bracket in the correct location. Seatbelt Recall Resources for Vehicle Crashworthy Victims and Their Families Organized by The Lawyers at Anapol Schwartz. © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Read more information online at www.anapolschwartz.com. 221