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Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires Recalled


Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     TRIUMPH / ROCKET III TOURING     2008-2009
Tire Brand Name / Tire Line / Tire Size:     Production Dates:
    BRIDGESTONE / EXEDRA G850 G / 180/70R16 77H     MAY 27, 2007 - OCT 18, 2008
Manufacturer: BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICA TIRE Mfr's Report Date: MAR 31, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09T004000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1018
Summary:
BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATION (BRIDGESTONE) IS RECALLING 1,018 BRIDGESTONE EXEDRA G850 G MOTORCYCLE TIRES, SIZE 180/70R16 77H, SOLD AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT FOR MY 2008 AND 2009 TRIUMPH ROCKET III TOURING MOTORCYCLES. THE MOTORCYCLE TO WHICH THESE TIRES ARE APPLIED DEVELOPS VERY HIGH TORQUE AND CAN CAUSE TORQUE-INDUCED DEGRADATION IN A BODY PLY WHICH MAY RESULT IN INNERLINER CRACKING THAT MAY LEAD TO A SLOW LEAK IN THE REAR TIRE. THIS CONDITION DOES NOT AFFECT THE FRONT TIRE.
Consequence:
THE AFFECTED TIRES MAY BEGIN TO VIBRATE AT MODERATE SPEEDS. CONTINUED USE OF A TIRE WITH THIS CONDITION COULD LEAD TO A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
BRIDGESTONE IS WORKING WITH TRIUMPH TO NOTIFY OWNERS AND THE DEFECTIVE TIRES WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. IN ADDITION, THE FRONT TIRE WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE DUE TO THE MATCHING REQUIREMENTS OF THE MOTORCYCLE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 21, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BRIDGESTONE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-465-1904.
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OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Yamaha offers free repair program

CPSC advises consumers not to use the off-road vehicles until repaired

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif., is announcing a free repair program to address safety issues with all Rhino 450 and 660 model off-highway recreational vehicles. Yamaha has also agreed to voluntarily suspend sale of these models immediately until repaired. Consumers should immediately stop using these popular recreational vehicles until the repair is installed by a dealer.

CPSC staff has investigated more than 50 incidents involving 46 driver and passenger deaths in these two Rhino models. More than two-thirds of the cases involved rollovers and many involved unbelted occupants. Of the rollover-related deaths and hundreds of reported injuries, some of which were serious, many appear to involve turns at relatively low speeds and on level terrain.

About 120,000 of the 450 and 660 model Rhinos have been distributed nationwide since Fall 2003. Some units have been equipped by Yamaha with half doors and additional passenger handholds, either before or after sale.

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John Stewart

Dutchmen Recalling Recreational Trailers


Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     DUTCHMEN / DUTCHMEN     2005-2010
     DUTCHMEN / FOUR WINDS     2005-2010
     DUTCHMEN / N TENSE     2005-2010
     DUTCHMEN / VICTORY LANE     2005-2010
     DUTCHMEN / WILD THING     2005-2010
     DUTCHMEN / WINNERS CIRCLE     2005-2010
Manufacturer: DUTCHMEN MANUFACTURING, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUN 22, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V236000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2735
Summary:
DUTCHMEN IS RECALLING 2,735 MY 2005-2010 N'TENSE, VICTORY LANE, WINNER'S CIRCLE, WILD THING, FOUR WINDS, AND DUTCHMEN RECREATIONAL TRAILERS. THESE TRAILERS CONTAIN A FUEL DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH A SHUT-OFF SWITCH WHICH IS NOT SPARK PROTECTED AND IS MOUNTED IN THE NOZZLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT OF THE FUEL DISPENSING SYSTEM. GASOLINE SPILLED ON THE SWITCH, OR GASOLINE VAPORS WHICH MIGHT BUILD UP IN THE VICINITY OF THE SWITCH DURING DISPENSING FUNCTIONS, MAY CREATE A FIRE OR EXPLOSION IF A SPARK IS GENERATED BY THE SWITCH.
Consequence:
THE RESULTING FIRE OR EXPLOSION COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS BURNS AND POSSIBLY DEATH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL PROVIDE AN IGNITION PROTECTED SWITCH AND INSULATED TERMINALS TO REPLACE THE CURRENT SWITCH. THE REMEDY WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 9, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DUTCHMEN AT 866-869-1109.
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OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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Newmar Motorhomes Recalled


Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     NEWMAR / CANYON STAR     2007-2009
     NEWMAR / DUTCH STAR     2001-2002
     NEWMAR / GRAND STAR     2008
     NEWMAR / KOUNTRY STAR     2001-2006
     NEWMAR / MOUNTAIN AIRE     2001-2004
     NEWMAR / SCOTTSDALE     2003-2006
Manufacturer: NEWMAR CORPORATION Mfr's Report Date: JUN 08, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V217000 NHTSA Action Number: EA07016
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2578
Summary:
NEWMAR IS RECALLING 2,578 MOTORHOMES EQUIPPED WITH AXLES THAT INCLUDE BOSCH ZOPS OR ZOHT PIN SLIDE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES. WHEN COMBINED WITH OCCASIONAL OR SEASONAL VEHICLE OPERATION MAY EXPERIENCE CALIPERS STICKING IN THE APPLIED POSITION. THIS CAN RESULT IN ABNORMAL HEAT GENERATION AT THE WHEEL END CAUSING BRAKE DRAG. THE DRIVER WOULD NORMALLY HAVE WARNING OF THE BRAKE DRAG IF UNDETECTED BY THE DRIVER.
Consequence:
THE DRIVER WOULD NORMALLY DETECT THE BRAKE DRAG BUT IF UNDETECTED THE TEMPERATURE INCREASE AT THE WHEEL END CAN EVENTUALLY LEAD TO SOFT PEDAL CONDITIONS DUE TO BRAKE FLUID BOIL, AND POSSIBLE EXTENDED STOPPING DISTANCE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS FREE OF CHARGE WORKHORSE IS HANDLING THE REMEDY AND OWNER NOTIFICATION FOR THIS CAMPAIGN PLEASE SEE 09V-110. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WORKHORSE AT 877-246-7731.
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OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Bush Hog Off-Road Utility Vehicles Recalled

Picture of Recalled Off-Road Utility Vehicle
Bush Hog Off-Road Utility Vehicles Recalled Due to Loss of Speed Control; Cash Incentive Offered

Apr 16, 2009 (Alert #09-736) - The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Bush Hog Off-Road Utility Vehicles

Units: About 850 units

Manufacturer: Bush Hog LLC, of Selma, Ala.

Hazard: The utility vehicle's throttle cable can lock in freezing temperatures. This can cause the engine not to return to idle when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator pedal, posing a risk of loss of vehicle control and injury to the driver and passenger.

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