All of today’s recalls are larger, off-road ready vehicles, which is an interesting coincidence. More interesting is the fact that one of them is a Daihatsu. The Daihatsu Rocky, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander, and the Toyota Tundra have all been recalled for mechanical issues.
1990 – 1992 Daihatsu Rocky
The Problem: Wait, what? Daihatsu? Yep. You may, or more likely may not, remember that Daihatsu entered the U.S. market for all of four years back in the late ’80s and early ’90s with the Charade compact hatch and the Rocky SUV. Eighteen years after leaving the U.S. market, Daihatsu (now 51 percent owned by Toyota) is recalling the Rocky to replace a check valve in the Fuel Vapor Evaporative Emission Control System that may crack after long-term use in some unspecified environmental or operational circumstances. The be-all, end-all of it is that the cracked valve could allow gasoline vapors to escape into the cabin, where they could potentially start a fire if the gas concentration gets high enough and a spark occurs. Daihatsu will replace the old check valve with a new, more durable unit free of charge.
When it can be fixed: March 2010. Call Daihatsu at (626) 968-6764 or go to http://www.daihatsu-help.com/index.htm for more information. NHTSA Recall ID No. 10V083000
Number of potentially vehicles affected: 4000
The Problem: Jeep is recalling its two largest SUVs to replace an improperly manufactured rear track bar. The problem appears to be with a bushing retaining hoop that could be improperly positioned. If the rear track bar is defective, it could reduce vehicle stability, which could increase the risk of a crash. Jeep will inspect the rear track bar and determine if the bushing retaining hoops are out of position and will replace any defective track bars free of charge.
When it can be fixed: April 2010. Call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more information. NHTSA Recall ID No. 10V085000
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 3498
The Problem: Toyota is recalling certain four-wheel-drive models of the Tundra truck due to a bad weld on the front driveshaft. The bad weld secures the driveshaft to the yoke on the front axle and should it fail, the two could separate and the drive shaft could fall on the ground, possibly causing a crash. Toyota will replace the defective drive shaft free of charge. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because Toyota recently recalled the 2010 Tacoma pickup for similar reasons.
When it can be fixed: March 2010. Contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 for more information. NHTSA Recall ID No. 10V091000
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 2