WASHINGTON - An electric car with a charging receptacle that can short out, and airbags that can deploy from a jolt as small as adjusting a seat are reasons for two of the recalls reported in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
NHTSA said General Motors announced the recall of 264 of its 1997 EV1 electric cars so that dealers could inspect each car's charging receptacle for proper sealing and replace it if necessary.
NHTSA said water getting into the charging receptacle's circuit board could cause a short and possibly a fire. The cars have been available only through leases from selected Saturn dealers in California and Arizona.
The airbag-related recall involves 17,000 1997 Geo Prizms and 61,000 1997 Toyota Corollas built from August to November 1996.
NHTSA said that if the airbag computer experiences a mechanical jolt soon after the engine is started, the airbag can deploy. The agency said moving a seat until it hits a stop and releasing the parking brake are actions that might lead to inadvertent deployment.
Dealers will repair the computers in the affected cars, NHTSA said.
Other manufacturer recalls compiled by NHTSA are as follows:
1995-97 CHEVROLET and GMC C/K EXTENDED CAB PICKUPS
Problem: Recliner mechanism on Easy-Entry feature can pinch hands or sever fingers.
Fix: Dealers will install protective covers on mechanisms.
How many: 624,000.
1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE
Problem: Improperly installed rear center seat belt anchor bolts.
Fix: Dealers will tighten bolts.
How many: 21,000.
Problem: Front wheels turned to full lock can damage brake hoses.
Fix: Dealers will install retaining brackets on the hoses.
How many: 27,000.
1996 JEEP CHEROKEE
Problem: The rear seat belt inboard anchors may not meet the load requirements.
Fix: Dealers will install a washer to each anchor attachment.
How many: 77,000.
1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Problem: Seat spring can contact 'memory seat' wiring and ignite cushion material.
Fix: Dealers will relocate control module and wiring and install shield.
How many: 70,000.
1994-95 ISUZU RODEO,
1995 ISUZU PICKUP
Problem: Manufacturing errors in voltage regulator circuit can lead to electrical overcharging, engine malfunction.
Fix: Dealers will replace regulators.
How many: 226,000.
1997 ISUZU TROOPER,
Problem: Missing lock washer and/or screws in front hub can cause bearing to seize.
Fix: Dealers will inspect hubs, repair those with missing parts.
How many: 393.
Problem: Adhesive on seat belt retractor may not hold.
Fix: Dealers will reinforce retractor mountings.
How many: 67 cars purchased by Americans in Europe.
1997 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R
Problem: Detachment of aluminum fascia trim on airbag door during deployment could injure passenger.
Fix: Dealers will replace airbag doors.
How many: 10.
1997 BENTLEY AZURE, TURBO R
Problem: Chafing of hydraulic system pipes could cause leaks.
Fix: Dealers will reposition the pipes.
How many: 38.
1989-92 PEUGEOT 405
Problem: Lens deterioration could reduce brightness of the headlights.
Fix: Authorized points will replace headlight assemblies.
How many: 11,000.