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NHTSA says Highlanders must go back for brake work

WASHINGTON - Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. is recalling about 41,000 Toyota Highlander sport-utilities from the 2001 model year because of sub-par brake performance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the brake fluid reservoir filler cap on the vehicles allows air into the system, which can lead to increased stopping distances.

Dealers are to bleed air from the brake lines and replace the filler cap.

NHTSA, in its latest monthly report on safety recalls, also said Saab Cars USA Inc. is taking back 12,000 Saab 900s from the 1998 model year because passenger airbags may deploy without a crash.

The agency said a buildup of static electricity in the airbag module can lead to the deployments.

Most that have occurred were in cooler, drier climates and were triggered by someone wiping the instrument panel, starting the engine or closing a door.

Dealers are to install grounding straps for the passenger airbags, NHTSA said.

Other recalls that were reported by NHTSA include:

2001 DODGE DAKOTA QUAD CAB

Problem: Front, outside, lower anchor bolts for seats that are loose.

Fix: Tighten bolts.

Number: 104,000.

1989-90 DODGE DAKOTA

Problem: Steering gear separates from vehicle frame.

Fix: Add reinforcement to frame, replace steering gear mounting bolts.

Number: 4,000.

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