DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG is recalling 227,283 Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance coupes because their driver's seats could unexpectedly recline and perhaps cause a crash, federal traffic safety officials said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that on affected two-door Shadows and Sundances from model years 1991 to 1994, one of the bolts attaching the recliner mechanism to the driver's seat back could break.Other NHTSA recalls announced this week include:
--Nearly 140,000 1997 Volvo 850s and 1998 model Volvo S70s, V70s and C70s because of a faulty headlight switch. The Ford Motor Co. unit also is recalling 124,381 1998 Volvo 70 series luxury cars in which passenger-side airbags can unexpectedly deploy.
--About 10,000 1999 Mercury Cougars. The Ford division says doors may not open or shut properly.
--About 3,000 1999 Mercury Villager minivans because fuel-tank retention straps could break, causing fuel to leak or the tank to separate from the vehicle.
--About 1,600 1999 Nissan Quest minivans for a similar problem with the fuel tanks.
--Three recalls by General Motors Corp.'s Saturn division affecting its new 2000 S-series car. About 2,400 of the Saturn SCs, SWs and SLs are being recalled because faulty welds in the instrument panel carrier assembly may subject front-seat occupants to increased injury risk in frontal crashes, notably when a seat belt is not used.
Saturn also is recalling 5,373 of those cars because brake pipe nuts improperly tightened may cause brake fluid to leak. And 1,049 such vehicles are being recalled because rear bumper fasteners may be loose or missing.
--6,584 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfires because the instrument panel light may malfunction. GM also is recalling 3,947 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicles and 2000 Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma pickups. On two-wheel drive versions of the trucks, brake fluid could leak, increasing stopping distance.
--And 11,099 1999 Land Rover Discovery SUVs on which the anti-brake alarm could malfunction, and the vehicle could experience inadvertent braking for less than a second.