Top Auto Recalls in 2007
1. Ford Motor Company, 3.6 million vehicles (recall 07V336).
MODELS: 1993 Ford Bronco; 1992-98 Ford Crown Victoria; 1997-2003 Ford E-150, E-250, E-350, Econoline; 2003 Ford E-450; 1992-93 E-150, E250, E350, E450, Econoline; 1999-2001 Ford Explorer; 2001-2 Ford Explorer Sport and Sport Trac; 2003-4 Ford F-150 Lightning; 1993 Ford F150, F250, F350, F450; 1995-2002 F53; 1998-2002 Ford Ranger; 1993-95 Ford Taurus SHO; 1993-98 Lincoln Mark VIII; 1992-98 Lincoln Town Car; 1994 Mercury Capri; 1992-98 Mercury Grand Marquis; 1999-2001 Mercury Mountaineer.
REASON: The speed control deactivation switch can develop a short circuit, possibly resulting in an engine compartment fire, even if the vehicle is parked and the ignition is off. Owner notification began August 13, 2007.
HISTORY: 1,472 complaints; 65 crashes/fires.
2. Ford, 1.2 million, vehicles (recall 07V553).
MODELS: 1997-2003 Ford F-series Super Duty, E-series and Excursion with 7.3-liter diesel engines.
REASON: The camshaft position sensor may function intermittently, possibly resulting in the engine stalling, which could lead to a crash. Owner notification began January 2008.
HISTORY: 1,595 complaints; 14 crashes/fires; 1 injury.
3. Volkswagen, 790,000 (recall 07V063).MODELS: 2001-5 Volkswagen Jetta sedans and wagons; 2001-7 Volkswagen New Beetle sedans and convertibles; 1999-2006 Volkswagen Golf and GTI sedans; 2004 Volkswagen R32. REASON: If installed incorrectly, a brake light switch may malfunction, resulting in the bra
ke lights becoming inoperative or remaining on. Failure to provide the proper signal when braking could lead to a crash. Owner notification began in April of 2007.
HISTORY: Volkswagen said it does not quantify the number of complaints received and the company is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities.
4. Nissan, 653,910 (recall 07V527).
MODELS: 2002 and 2005-6 Nissan Altima and Sentra vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter engines.
REASON: An issue with the program in the engine computer may cause the engine to stop running without warning while the vehicle is being driven at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Owner notification began December 11, 2007.
HISTORY: Nissan said it is unaware of complaints, crashes/fires, injuries, deaths.
5. Chrysler Corporation, 576,418 (recall 07V555).
MODELS: 2001-2 Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram van; 2002 Dodge Ram pickup trucks with automatic transmissions.
REASON: The ignition-park shift interlock system may become inoperative, letting the shifter move out of the park position or the key to be removed without the shifter being in park” which could allow the vehicle to roll away, possibly causing a crash. Owner notification began in December 2007.
6. Toyota, 533,124 (recall 07V013).
HISTORY: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reports of 120 complaints; 10 crashes/fires; 3 injuries. Toyota said there have been 14 confirmed cases of failure of the ball joint, 11 crashes reported and 6 injuries.
7. Ford, 446,460 (recall 07V156).
REASON: The antilock braking module connector may develop an electrical short that could cause the warning light to illuminate, and in some cases, the module may overheat resulting in a burning odor, smoke, and/or fire. Owner notification began April 23, 2007.
HISTORY: 120 complaints; 120 crashes/fires.
8. Nissan North America, 372,250 (recall 07V435).
MODELS: 1997-2001 Nissan Pathfinder; 1997-2001 Infiniti QX4 vehicles
REASON: In 22 states and the District of Columbia where road salt is heavily used, the fuel filler tube assembly may rust in a certain spot and a hole may develop, causing fuel to leak during refueling and possibly resulting in a fire. Owner notification began on November 26, 2007.
HISTORY: Nissan said there were no complaints of crashes/fires, injuries or deaths.
9. Volkswagen, 340,000 (recall 07V442).
MODELS: 2005-8 Volkswagen Jetta; 2006-8 Volkswagen Rabbit, GTI, and R32
REASON: Noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment, can inhibit proper headlamp aim adjustment, reducing road visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Owner notification began September 2007.
HISTORY: Volkswagen said there were no complaints, crashes, fires, injuries or deaths.
10. Chrysler Corporation, 328,424 (recall 07V092).MODELS: 2004-6 Dodge Durango.
REASON: An integrated circuit in the instrument cluster that controls the interior lighting may overheat and result in an instrument panel fire. Owner notification began in April 2007.
HISTORY: 213 complaints; 78 crashes/fires.
Article by Cheryl Jensen - NewYorkTimes.com