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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Nissan Murano Suvs will be Recalled in August. Grand Jeep Cherokee has Recalls Too

Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction. The company is working with its dealers to address the problems of this recall.

Nissan North America Inc. is announcing the recall of 140,000 Murano SUVS due to a broken wire in the alternator which may cause the depletion of power to the engine. So far, the company has not recorded any injury or crash related to this problem.

According to NHTSA, a wire could break inside the alternator and prevent the battery from charging properly. Now, that's good news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a proactive stance to avoid rash of traffic accidents. The recall involves 125,000 vehicles from the 2003-2005 model year and 15,000 vehicles in Canada.

NHTSA is not sleeping. It has opened investigations in the 2002 Grand Cherokee and 2001 Acura MDX.

Toyota Company to Recall Popular Sienna Minivans and Tundra Access Cab

For every Honda Odyssey you see on the road, you may see two or three Toyota Sienna Minivans. They are that popular around here. Now listen up. Get all the recall news you need to have.

Due to difficulty in retracting the seat belt in some positions, Toyota Motor Co. is set to recall more than 345,000 Sienna minivans. So far, the company has received 14 complaints. There has not been any injury related to the malfunction of the seat belt. Toyota will send letters to the owners of the affected vehicles.

The part that is causing the problem and needs to be replaced is called the Bezel. All replacements will be free to the owners. The voluntary recalls include Sienna vehicles from the model year of 2004 and 2005.

A friend of mine who owned a Sienna Minivan brought this to my attention. He had just traded it in to go with the GM Employee discount. He was mad over the performance of the vehicle. He told the dealer that he thought he was ripped off because the value was not held. The dealer wanted to offer less than the blue book value. After negotiations, he got what he wanted. He now owns a Yukon which his wife drives. Let's go back to the subject of this recall.

The problem affects the right side chair in the middle of the vehicle and the center seating position in the second bench.

Let's go back to 2003 when the company recalled more than 30,000 Sienna minivans from the 2004 model year. Then, the problem was that the fuel tank was prone to damage and cause fire. The problem was later solved. Toyota Motor Co. has a history of finding out and fixing its problems. It takes consumer's feedback seriously. Personally, my experience with any Toyota vehicle has been great. The Toyota Corolla equipped with side airbags saved my family's life.

Another recall you must know about. Toyota is also recalling 2,500 Tundra Access pickup trucks from the 2005 model year because the wrong lens was installed.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

I can't wait to test drive the viper. It's the number one car on my list right now. If the weather permits, I hope to check it out next week. Dodge knows how to make cars. Let's put it against the Corvette!

To tell you the truth, I fell in love with the magnum dashboard. Everything that you need to go from A to B is there. It was a great ride. My tested was equipped with the latest safety, security and music gadget. It's often a good idea to test drive these babies.

Exterior Look of the Dodge Magnum. Which color is the hottest on the road? I hope to stay away from the sight of patrols.

I have set my eyes on the dodge magnum, Dodge Charger and Cadillac CTS. My best friend just bought a CTS. Now all the pressure is on me. I am not in a rush. I need to continue to test drive. I enjoy the specs of the magnum. But I am not close to making up my mind. I want to check the viper.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Christine Bought a 2005 Dodge Charger. Best Friend Waits for 2006 Dodge

It's girls power. When three girlfriends decide to go shopping for a car, they learn a lot from the pros, -that is-the husbands and fiance. It's a new time. Women know what they want in a car. They are willing to go the extra mile to find it with all the interior design a lady needs. When Christine first saw this car, she went crazy over it and started giving her husband pointers. It was a matter of time before he succumbed to her quest. She wanted his blessing only. He is the self-proclaimed car buff.

So after dropping by Starbucks to fill up on the mocha, we headed down to the Dodge dealership to haggle, bargain and test drive some new 2005, 2006 models.

In the end, we convinced Christine this was the car for her. She had doubt. After driving it, the doubts were all gone.

Which Car to Choose: Help Me Make up my Mind

So far, I am attracted to the 2005 CTS. I had a good test driving time with the 2005 Chrysler 300. I am scheduled to test drive the 2005 GM Yukon XL. If I go with GM, I may have to look at the Yukon Denali SUV. Who would not want to take advantage of the employee discount and cash rebate? It may be time to switch cars.

Torn over my Choice: Employee Discount Fuels My Selection

I am torn between the 2005 CTS and 2005 Chrysler. I also look at the Mazda3, Mustang GT and Lexus. I am under pressure. My husband wants me to decide now. I need to get rid of the Nissan Quest I have been driving. I also look at the GM Yukon XL SUVS. I will continue to look around until I find the car of my heart.

Grand Theft Autos: San Andreas Receives Adults-Only Rating: Wal-Mart, Target & Best Buy Scramble

Gamers have long known the secrets of this new Grand Theft Auto games. Even though the San Andreas version was rated M for Mature, many parent groups and politicians such as Hilary Clinton and others kept saying that this new game should have been rated higher to keep it away from children. Is a crackdown on the video games industry around the corner with this new admission? Due to explicit sexual content and raunchy sex scenes and violence and under pressure from the public, Rockstar Games said that it has stopped making the current version of the game. In the current version, graphic sex scenes can be unlocked with the right download. However, something more sinister may have been all along. Senator Clinton said that the company admitted that some of its rogue engineers may have embedded this capability in the video.

"Rockstar's parent company, New York-based Take Two Interactive Software Inc., acknowledged for the first time that the sex scenes were built into the retail version of the game. Company officials previously suggested that a modification created by outsiders added the scenes."

The hardcore gaming community has long known that there was a way of unlocking those graphic, torrid sex scenes in the video. They have long been using Hot Coffee to get to their ends. Take Two Interactive Software inc, the parent company of Rockstar Games, accepts the blame for its engineers. They stated that sex scenes were built into the retail version of the game.

No wonder that companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Best-Buy are scurring to take the game off their shelves. Many managers may be sorry for the revenue that is going to be gone away. More than 5.1 million copies were sold in the US last year. Find more info about the game by visiting Shopping

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

List of the Most Stolen Cars, SUVs & Luxurious Vehicles

Fast, Faster: Hold onto your Acura Model: It's Popular with Street Racers

The Acura Model was one of the most stolen cars in 2004. According to CCC information Services researchers, the 1999 Acura Integra coupe was the most-swiped car. That does not mean that Integras from other model years were not appealing to car thieves who most likely are street racers.

The list of cars targeted by street racers includes:

The 2002 BMW M Roadster which came as number 2 on this list. The 1998 Acura Integra was third.

In the top 10-list of stolen vehicles, you will find 1991 GMC V2500, the 2002 Audi S4 and the 2004 Mercury Marauder.

So if you have a fast car, it may become a target. The researchers believe that the upsurge in street racing may have something to do with the appearance of the Integra and other fast cars. They believe that the Integra may be targeted for its parts. It was replaced by the RSX in the 2002 model. Please note that Acura is Honda Motor Co.'s luxury brand. Integra engines can fit into Honda easily.

Furthermore, Acuras and Hondas keep their value. So do a used Escalade and Mercury Marauder due to their limited editions. As long as pop culture will continue to place high values on them, they will continue to be on street racers' list. We must note that there are some street racers who don't steal to engage in their illegal practices.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

2005 Hyndai Sonata is right on the Money!

The Hyundai Sonata is truly an economical car. It's been a great journey from the 1980s when sales of the Hyndai vehicles went down the toilet. The heads of the company did not pack their bags and left the US. They poured research and money into the vehicle. The company's comeback is legendary. They went back to the drawing, designing board to be able to bring something that the American consumers will buy. After managing to build an assembly plant in the US, sales took off. The South Korean leaders realized that the future of the company lies within the US. They zeroed in on Montgomery, Ala and the rest is just history.

No wonder that Hyndai engineers continue to proclaim that the Sonata is as good as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord sedans. Being the proud owners of Honda and Toyota autos, I know that the issues of dependability, quality, durability figured high in my calculations. So Hyndai has to give consumers like me reasons to switch gear. Hyndai set out to build its image after the fiasco with Excel.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, Hyndai has managed to succeed in many areas. In the minds of most Americans, the image issues is resolved. The Sonata has received the title of Most Appealing Entry Level Midsize Car for two years in a row in the annual Performance, execution and Layout study. The Sonata is loaded with standard features including air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power outside mirrows, digital quartz, fog lamps, remote keyless entry with alarm, center console with storage box, cargo area lamp etc.

What does its interior look like? Please see the pictures!

At 71.7 inches, the Sonata is slightly wider than the Camry. Three people can fit in the rear seat, but it will be a tight squeeze. Headroom and legroom are sufficient for taller occupants. The split, rear seatback folds down for additional cargo room. Trunk space totals 14.1 cubic feet.

Standard equipment in the GL includes air conditioning, a CD player, cruise control, a tachometer, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. A cassette/CD stereo goes into GLS and LX sedans. The LX adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat and automatic climate control.

Under the Hood
A 170-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 is standard in the GLS and LX sedans and available in the GL. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 138 hp. The four-cylinder may team with either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission, while the V-6 works only with the automatic. The automatic transmission incorporates a provision for manually selected gear changes.

Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
In its current form, the Sonata has closed in quickly on the league-leading Accord and Camry. Even though the ride is pleasantly smooth, it's not quite on par with Honda and Toyota models because the Sonata's suspension tends to take an extra bounce at times on rougher pavement. The Sonata is an easy car to drive, but it doesn't deliver an athletic driving experience. It handles nicely for everyday motoring. Though it's ordinarily quiet, a bit of engine noise is present during acceleration.

Source: Pictures are from Hyndai.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The long-lasting American sports car is getting better and better. Wait until you start talking about the Z6. If you enjoy driving a nice car, the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette is yours. That's what I found out when I test-drove it last week. The one I tested has a six-speed manual transmission. I enjoyed the acceleration. It was not anything like its forerunners. The Corvette is very responsive, agile and well balanced. I had no trouble getting to the speed I wanted. Let's talk about numbers. The new Corvette is 5 inches shorter in length and an inch narrower, but the wheelbase is longer. It gives this mileage: 22.6 mpg average. It does zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. The top speed is 182 mph. The LS2 6.0-liter small block V-8 engine becomes the new standard in the Corvette. You can imagine the type of performance it delivers. It comes equipped with 400 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque. The top of the new corvette is lowered by pressing a button. The cover in front of the cargo deck raises, the canvass top folds into it and the cover closes in a matter of seconds. The base price is $51,445. Now if you want to add options, it will be more for sure. While I was driving down the freeway, I did not hear any specific noise. No interior noise either.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Biggest Vehicle Recalls Ever: Get the List of Cars

General Motors Corporation wants to make sure you are safe on the road. Way ahead of the high Summer traffic, the corportation is recalling some of the best known and most popular makes. From sport utili vans and pickups to cars, the company is letting consumers know that their vehicle seat belt design may be faulty.

To adhere to SEC rules and regulations, GM has to report these findings. It is reporting that some minor injuries are associated with the six separate recalls. If you own one of these GM vehicles, just be notified. You will also receive mail providing you with more information.

From the 2003-2005 years, 1.48 million SUVs and pickups are being recalled. These vehicles include ever popular makes such as the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, Suburband, Tahoe, Avalanche; Cadillac Escalade s, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon XL, Yukon, and Hummer H2s.

What's the problem with these vehicles?

The center safety belt in the second row of the SUVs and pickups, used for child seats, was riding high on the occupants' stomach or abdomen. In the event of a crash, the company's spokeperson said there could be reduced protection in that part of the body in a crash.

More recalls are announced for these vehicles:

330,000 1500 Series Chevrolet Suburban and Yukon XL from the 200-2001 years are recalled for potential overheating of fuel pump wires that could lead to engine stalling. No crashes are known for this category.

About 142,000 1500 Series Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 1999-2002 years and 250/3500 series pickups from the 2001-2004 modle years with manuel transmissions are being recalled for parking brake friction. How many crashes? 26 crashes have been reported so far.

69000 Buick Lacrosse and Buick Allure 2005 s from Canada are recalled for a bent clip that holds part of the brake.

39000 Buick Rendez-vous and Pontiac Azteks from the 2004 y ear for intermittent stalling or failure to start are being recalled because of a faulty ignition relay.

The Associated Press is also reporting that 22,000 Saturn L Series Wagons from the 2002-2004 year are recalled because they were built with a center and passenger side rear seat belt anchors that do not comply with U.S. and Canadian safety standards.

If you own any of the above vehicles, you need to go into action with the information contained in the letter GM is going to mail to you. Or contact the dealership from which you had purchased the vehicle.

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NHTSA completes 2005 SUV Crash, Rollover Ratings;
Results at Safercar.Gov
Model year 2005 Acura MDX, Ford Freestyle, and Jeep Grand Cherokee earned the top rating of 5-stars for all available seating positions in frontal and side crash tests announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their SUV Crash Test Summary. All results are available at www.safercar.gov.

New 2005 ratings for frontal impact are available for the following SUVs: Acura MDX, Buick Rainier, Buick Rendezvous, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Freestyle, GMC Envoy, Hyundai Santa Fe, Isuzu Ascender, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra and Saab 9-7x.

New 2005 ratings for side impact are available for the following SUVs: Honda Element, Hyundai Santa Fe with side air bags, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano with side air bags, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Xterra.

NHTSA crash test ratings apply to both 4x2 and 4x4 versions of the same make and model. Separate rollover testing is done for 4x2 and 4x4 versions of 2005 models selected for rollover testing.

New 2005 rollover ratings are available for the: Acura MDX 4x4, Cadillac Escalade 4x2, Cadillac Escalade EXT 4x4, Cadillac ESV 4x4, Chevrolet Avalanche 4x2, Chevrolet Avalanche 4x4, Chevrolet Suburban 4x2, Chevrolet Suburban 4x4, Chevrolet Tahoe 4x2, Ford Explorer 4x2, Ford Freestyle 4x2, Ford Freestyle 4x4, GMC Yukon 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 4x4, Honda CR-V 4x2, Honda CR-V 4x4, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x2, Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4, Jeep Wrangler 4x4, Nissan Pathfinder 4x2 and Nissan Pathfinder 4x4.

In this latest group of SUVs tested, several earned 4-stars for rollover rating, including the Ford Freestyle, Acura MDX and Honda CR-V.

Complete MY2005 SUV results available at www.safercar.gov
(Using search option 1, select SUV, then select 2005, then submit "View 2005 SUVs") Make and Model Front -
Driver Front -
Pass Side -
Driver Side -
Rear Pass
Acura MDX w/ SAB 5 5 5 5
Buick Rainier 3 4 5 5
Buick Rendezvous w/ SAB 3 4 5^ 5
Chevrolet Trailblazer 3 4 5 5
Ford Freestyle 5 5 5 5
GMC Envoy 3 4 5 5
Honda Element 5 5 5 5^^
Hyundai Santa Fe w/ SAB 4 5 5 5
Isuzu Ascender 3 4 5 5
Jeep Grand Cherokee 5 5 5 5
Nissan Murano w/ SAB 4 4 5 5
Nissan Pathfinder 4 4 5 5
Nissan Xterra 4 4 5 5
Saab 9-7x w/ SAB 3 4 NT NT

^ = During the side-impact test, the driver door became unlatched and swung open. The Rendezvous is equipped with standard Automatic Door Locks (ADL). NHTSA test protocol disables ADL during testing. A General Motors test showed that the door remained closed under similar test conditions when the ADL was activated. A door opening during a side impact crash increases the likelihood of occupant ejection. This test result is a carryover from earlier model years.

^^ = During the side-impact test, the head of the left rear passenger dummy struck the side upper interior structure, causing a high head acceleration. High head accelerations have a higher likelihood of serious head trauma.

Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x are corporate twins of one another and share the same test results for the frontal crash results. With the exception of the Saab 9-7x, they also share the same side crash results.

NT = Not Tested

Shaded areas indicate new crash test results.

w/SABS = with side air bags

Complete MY2005 SUV results available at www.safercar.gov
(Using search option 1, select SUV, then select 2005, then submit "View 2005 SUVs")

Chilld Safety: Booster Seat Recalls

Booster Seat Manufacturers


Model(s): 600 and 602
Production Dates: April 1993 - September 1994
Noncompliance: The nylon fabric in these child safety restraints does not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Nos. 213, "Child Restraint Systems," and 302, "Flammability of Interior Materials."
Corrective Action: All Our Kids is no longer in business.



Model(s): Saddle 820
Production Dates: March 1991
Noncompliance: The child restraint seat cushions do not adequately resist compression/deflection of the seat occupant's head when tested for crashworthiness. These seats do not comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Babyhood will replace the seat cushion with a cushion that meets the compression/deflection requirements.


Model(s): 8200
Production Dates: January 31, 1992, to June 30, 1993
Noncompliance: These child safety seats do not meet the impact release requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." The buckle could require excessive hand pressure to release and could hamper removal of the child in an emergency situation.
Corrective Action: Babyhood will provide a modified buckle tip and replacement instructions directly to owners of these seats.


BASIC COMFORT, INC 800-456-8687

Model(s): Galaxy 2000 Booster Seat Model 960 and 961 (with back).
Production Dates: November 25, 1998, to January 31, 1999

Noncompliance: These seats were improperly manufactured with defective backs and cushions which are weaker in strength. In the event of a vehicle crash, the child seat backs and cushions can completely separate. These seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Consumers will be sent free replacement parts and installation instructions.
NOTE: Owners of the affected seats should contact Basic Comfort at 1-800-640-8469.

Model(s): Galaxy 2000 Booster Seat Model 960 and 961 (with back).
Production Dates: All Galaxy 2000 Booster Seats are included in the recall.
Noncompliance: When the shoulder belt portion of a vehicle's 3-point safety harness is not properly positioned, excessive chest forces may result during a sudden deceleration. These seats do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Instructions will be provided to show consumers the proper position for the seat belt when using the Galaxy 2000.


BRITAX CHILD SAFETY, INC. 1-888-4BRITAX (888-427-4829).

Model(s): Super Elite Child Restraint System, Model E9031
Production Dates: April 2001 through August 2002
Defect: The adjuster assembly can stick in the open position which may result in a loose harness. If the harness is loose while in operation, the child may not be properly protected in the event of a vehicle crash, possibly resulting in serious injury.
Corrective Action: Registered owners will automatically be sent a repair kit along with repair instructions. In the meantime, customers should continue to use the seat but check that the harness is secure before each use. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Britax toll free at 800-683-2045 or visit Britax's website at www.britaxusa.com.
NHTSA No.: 05C004000
[Britax Safety Recall No. BCS# 050501]

Model(s): All Marathon (E9L06), Wizard (E9L07), Husky (E9L30) child restraints, as well as restraints manufactured by Britax for Snug Seat under the model name Traveller Plus (E9L32).
Production Dates:

Marathon - 8/2/02 - 7/23/04
Husky - 8/11/02 - 7/23/04
Wizard - 7/16/03 - 7/23/04
Traveller Plus - 12/2/03 - 7/23/04
Defect: The A-Lok adjuster assembly can allow slippage of the webbing resulting in loosening of the harness straps. If the slippage were to occur in the event of a vehicle crash, the child would move too far forward, possibly increasing the risk of injury.
Corrective Action: Registered owners will receive a replacement adjuster strap by September 30, 2004. In the meantime, registered owners will receive instructions on how to check the seat for slippage after every use. If slippage is occurring before replacement straps can be mailed, the use of the restraint should be stopped and customers should contact Britax for further assistance. Non-registered owners may obtain the free remedy by calling Britax at 1-800-683-2045, or visit Britax's web site, www.BritaxUSA.com, to receive a free kit or get more information. Non-registered owners are strongly urged to register their child seat with the manufacturer in case of future safety recalls.
NHTSA No.: 04C002000
[Britax Safety Recall No. 080401]

Model(s): Husky child restraints
Production Dates: October 7, 2002 to December 8, 2003
Noncompliance: In the event of a vehicle crash, these restraints, when secured with a lap belt as described in the user's manual, could allow the child's head to move further forward than allowed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Registered owners will be provided with labels and instructions for the application of the labels to be placed over the corresponding instructions in the current user's guide and on the restraint cover. Non-registered owners are strongly urged to register their child seat with the manufacturer in case of future safety recalls. Parents should continue to use the seat while waiting to receive and install the repair kit because it will still provide better protection than an adult seat belt or no restraint.
NHTSA No.: 03C011000
[Britax Safety Recall No. 120301]

Model(s): Super Elite youth restraints Model E9031
Production Dates: April 25, 2001, to February 15, 2002
Noncompliance: These seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." In the event of a vehicle crash, forces could cause the child's head to move further forward than allowed by Safety Standard 213.
Corrective Action: All consumers who returned a registration card to Britax will automatically receive a free replacement harness system along with instructions - including TPE pads (also known as hugs - harness ultra-guard system).
NHTSA No.: 03C008000
[Britax Safety Recall No. 090301]

Model(s): Advantage convertible child restraint Model E9022
Production Dates: March 5, 2001, to July 26, 2001
Noncompliance: The tether brackets used during the affected period may allow one of the tether attachments to separate from the seat shell in a vehicle crash. Separation of one of the tether brackets from the seat shell could cause increased head excursion. These seats do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Britax will send out a metal ring replacement kit along with repair instructions to its customers free of charge. Customers can contact Britax at 704-409-1700 prompt 2 for questions and issues and to request the free replacement kit.
[Britax Safety Recall No. 100101]

Model(s): Roundabout Model 161
Production Dates: January 13 - March 14, 1999
Noncompliance: The shells manufactured during this time may have been improperly molded and could allow higher head excursions than allowed by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." In a crash, additional head movement could allow a child's head to strike something in the vehicle and lead to injury. Customers are being instructed to call 1-800-683-2045 for this recall campaign only.

[Britax Safety Recall No. 060001]

Model(s): Freeway Model 101
Production Dates: June 1, 1996 - April 18, 1997
Noncompliance: The belt buckle can open by lifting up on the "pushbutton" at less than the 9 pound minimum force required in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." This means that a child can more easily open the buckle.
Corrective Action: Britax will provide owners with a newly designed replacement buckle and installation instructions.



Models: Encore (44612 GTn and 4662 WSC 01); Bravo (44622 LTG, 44630 LTH, 44631 PFN, and 44662 WSC); Accel (45100 CHT, 45100 MTE, 45100 STH, 45200 LFT, 45200 MXM, 45600 JTI, 45600 MTE, 45600 MTO, 45600 MXM, 45600 SAF, 45700 GSD, and 45700 LFT); and Smartmove (44709 MTE and 44709 SVR).

Production Dates: seats shipped between April 9 and May 10, 2001
Defect: These seats are equipped with a central adjuster (A-Lok Adjuster) device which the consumer tightens the child seat harness straps on the child. In the event of a vehicle crash the webbing could slip 4 to 6 inches which would not adequately protect the seat occupant, possibly resulting in injury or death.
Corrective Action: Century will notify its customers and replace the seat free of charge. Customers can contact Century Costumer Service at 1-800-837-4044 for a replacement seat or more information.

Models: All rear-facing infant car seats/carriers - (Graco Children's Products, Inc.)
Production Dates: January 1, 1991, - July 31, 1997
Defect: The handle can crack during normal use which can led to an unexpected break. If the handle breaks, the child could fall to the ground possibly causing serious injuries.
Corrective Action: To prevent future cracking or failure of the child seat handle, Century will provide owners with an improved-design handle and installation instructions.

Model(s): Century Breverra Premiere and Contour Booster Car Seats
Production Dates: February 1995 - July 10, 1998
Defect: This is not a safety recall in accordance with Federal Regulation Part 573. However, it is deemed a product improvement campaign by the agency. The buckle for the harness system on these booster seats can crack or break.
Corrective Action: Century has decided to conduct a product improvement campaign to replace the buckle assembly. Century will provide a free replacement buckle kit and installation instructions.
NHTSA No.: 99X001000

Model(s): Infant car seats model Nos. 4525, 4535, 4560, 4565, 4575, 4590 and 4-in-1 car seat stroller systems model Nos. 11-570, 11-597, 11-600, and 11-650
Production Dates: September 12, 1995 - May 13, 1996
Defect: Due to mis-assembly of the buckle assemblies, the buckles can release upon impact.
Corrective Action: Century will provide a free replacement buckle kit and installation instructions.

Model(s): Smartmove and Century 4750
Production Dates: November 1995 - February 1996
Noncompliance: This child safety seat utilizes a latch assembly where a variation in the components resulted in the potential for a buckle to release. This does not conform to the dynamic testing requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems."
Corrective Action: Century will provide a retrofit kit so owners can easily replace the latch assembly.

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