WASHINGTON - Volvo Cars of North America Inc. is recalling most of the 1998 cars it sold to fix two safety defects. The fixes are a front airbag that may deploy because of static electricity and a headlight switch that may fail.
About 124,000 Volvo S70, V70 and C70 cars are affected by the airbag recall. Dealers will install an additional ground wire to prevent an inadvertent deployment on the passenger side.
Volvo spokesman Dan Johnston said no serious injuries were reported in the incidents that have occurred.
Headlight switches are being replaced in nearly 140,000 cars. They include the 1998 S70, V70 and C70 cars, plus some 1997 Volvo 850s.
The recalls were reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its monthly listing of manufacturer safety campaigns.
In other highlights from the list:
DaimlerChrysler is recalling 841,000 vehicles in three campaigns.
Three defects were found in some of the first 2000-model Saturn S-series cars produced.
Some 1999 Land Rover Discovery sport-utilities have brakes that may briefly be applied without driver action. NHTSA said the relay contacts on the antilock brake system may stick in the closed position when the ABS electronic control tells them to open.
If that occurs, a warning light goes on, an alarm sounds, the ABS does not function and brakes may be applied inadvertently for a moment, the agency said. Dealers will replace the relay in about 11,000 vehicles.
Here are the three DaimlerChrysler recalls:
1993-95 CHRYSLER CONCORDE, LHS; DODGE INTREPID; EAGLE VISION
Problem: Lower control arm bracket separates from engine cradle, causing half-shaft to pull out of transaxle.
Fix: Reinforce engine cradle at control arm bracket.
1991-94 PLYMOUTH SUNDANCE AND DODGE SHADOW TWO-DOORS
Problem: Bolts that attach the recliner mechanism to the seat back break, causing the seat to collapse.
Fix: Replace bolts.
1994-95 DODGE RAM 2500 FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE PICKUPS; 3500 CHASSIS CABS
Problem: Front spring/shock tower separates from vehicle frame, damages brake line to rear wheels.
Fix: Replace tower, if cracked; weld on a reinforcement, if not.
Here are the three Saturn recalls:
2000 SATURN S SERIES SL, SC, SW
Problem: Fluid leaks from brake pipes with improperly tightened nuts.
Fix: Tighten nuts to specification or replace brake pipes.
Problem: Instrument panel carrier assembly welds are not strong enough.
Fix: Repair carrier assembly.
Problem: Rear bumper fasteners are loose or missing.
Fix: Tighten or install fasteners.
Here are other safety recalls reported by NHTSA:
1999 MERCURY VILLAGER, NISSAN QUEST
Problem: Fuel tank straps break at spot welds, leading to fuel leaks and/or separation of tank from the vehicle.
Fix: Replace straps.
1999 MERCURY COUGAR
Problem: Door-latch pawl coating swells in high humidity, preventing latch from closing securely.
Fix: Replace latch.
2000 CHEVROLET S10, BLAZER; GMC SONOMA, JIMMY; ALL ARE TWO-WHEEL DRIVE
Problem: Brake fluid leaks from right-side antilock brake module feed pipe and/or crossover pipe.
Fix: Install new brake pipe union.
1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER, PONTIAC SUNFIRE
Problem: Instrument panel backlighting fails.
Fix: Replace control module.