We may have forgotten about Daihatsu here in North America, but they haven’t forgotten about us. They are recalling 4000 1990-1992 Rocky SUVs in North America due to a problem with the fuel system.
“The check valve in the fuel vapor evaporative emission control system might develop a crack in long-term vehicle usage due to insufficient durability under some environmental or operational circumstances,” said the NHTSA in their recall notice. This could cause a leak of fuel evaporative gas vapour into the cabin, which the NHTSA believes could result in a fire.
To fix this, Daihatsu will replace the check valve with a new and improved one. The recall begins sometime this month. The owner notification letter says that the part will be installed through the owner’s choice of repair facility. The facility must contact Daihatsu to arrange for the shipping of the part. The owner will have to pay the facility the fee for installation, but Daihatsu will reimburse them if they can provide a receipt.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 10V-083
Mfg’s Report Date: February 23, 2010
Components: FUEL SYSTEMS OTHER
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: EXHAUST SYSTEM: EMISSION CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,000
DAIHATSU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 1990-1992 ROCKY SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. THE CHECK VALVE IN THE FUEL VAPOR EVAPORATIVE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MIGHT DEVELOP A CRACK IN LONG-TERM VEHICLE USAGE DUE TO INSUFFICIENT DURABILITY UNDER SOME ENVIRONMENTAL OR OPERATIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
A LEAK OF FUEL EVAPORATIVE GAS VAPOR INTO THE VEHICLE CABIN MAY OCCUR, POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.
DAIHATSU WILL HAVE THE OLD CHECK VALVE REPLACED WITH A NEW CHECK VALVE OF IMPROVED CONSTRUCTION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2010. OWNER MAY CONTACT DAIHATSU AT 626-968-6764.
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Source: NHTSA | Picture credit: IFCAR