October 7, 2005
Automakers are recalling 450,000 vehicles, including the Chevrolet Corvette, for a range of defects reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


The General Motors recall includes 123,592 pickup trucks, SUVs, vans and cars because of potential power steering problems that could lead to engine fires. NHTSA reports that under extreme steering conditions the power steering hose may break and leak fluid. Power steering fluid could then spray onto hot engine parts and an engine compartment fire could occur.

GM is recalling the Chevrolet Corvette, TrailBlazer, Tahoe, Express and Silverado, Buick Rainer, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Envoy, Savana, Sierra and Yukon, Hummer H2 and Isuzu Ascender.

All the vehicles are from the 2006 model year, according to NHTSA. The Corvette, Silverado and Sierra models from the 2005 model year are also being recalled.


Faced with a problem that may cause vehicles to roll away while the transmission is in park, Chrysler is recalling nearly 256,409 Dodge Dakota pickups; Dodge Durango, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wrangler SUVs; and Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum cars from the 2005 model year.


Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 74,276 Sedona minivans from 2002 to 2004 model years equipped with power seats because the wiring under the front seats could potentially cause a fire.


Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 12,000 Santa Fe SUVs from the 2005 model year because of problems with the occupant classification system.

The occupant classification system in the front passenger seat of the vehicle could mistakenly identify a child seat as an adult passenger, NHTSA reports.