Lamborghini is recalling 428 of its 2007–8 Murciélago and Murciélago Roadsters because welds holding the fuel pump inside the gas tank may fail as the result of a poor weld and owners driving aggressively.
If owners simply motored sedately the problem might not occur, according to a report the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lamborghini said “stress generated by the back and forth movement of gasoline inside the fuel tank during lateral and longitudinal accelerations, accompanied by vertical vibration” could cause a spot weld to fail.
Lamborghini told the agency that the failure could result in “a slow fuel leak,” although the company has no report of accidents, fires or injuries. The automaker will replace the fuel tank.
In other action:
• Under pressure from N.H.T.S.A., General Motors is recalling almost 550 of its 2010 Cadillac SRXs with the turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 because of a possible engine failure if owners use regular gas and then drive aggressively.
General Motors says the fuel-filler lid and owner’s manual warn that if regular fuel was used then the engine should not be worked hard until premium fuel could again be used.
The automaker said engine failures in several vehicles owned by G.M. and one customer led it to discover earlier this year that using regular fuel and driving hard could cause connecting rod failures.
The automaker then decided to conduct a “customer satisfaction program” to recalibrate the engine computer. But the safety agency told the company it considers engine failures to be a safety issue. General Motors resisted, saying there was no “unreasonable risk” to safety. But N.H.T.S.A. argued that a recall was required and G.M. agreed to issue the more demanding recall. Among other things, a recall requires the automaker to provide progress reports to the safety agency and there are penalties for not complying.
• Purolator is recalling about 18,500 after-market fuel filters (model P/N F65277) because a faulty connection could allow a fuel leak and possible stalling. Purolator says it discovered the problem during a quality audit of the filters, which are made in China.
• A supplier is recalling 150 tie rod/steering drag links replacement parts for the 1995-2001 BMW 7 Series because the part may fail, resulting in a loss of steering.
FCP Groton of Old Saybrook, Conn., told N.H.T.S.A. it bought the parts from China and “for some unknown reason the solid shaft has allegedly sheered off in four instances. In at least two of those incidents, the customer had used the part in conjunction with custom, larger-than-O.E.M. wheels and other custom equipment.”
The parts were for use on the 740i, 740iL and 750iL.
• Thule is recalling almost 4,500 of its Domestique (513) roof-top bike carriers because a “fork head” may fail, allowing the bicycle to fall off. Thule blamed the problem on the use of “improper raw material” by the supplier in China.
• Following a fatal accident several years ago, the agency has begun investigating possible failures of ball-mount hitches sold by Cequent Towing Products of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and formerly made by Reese Products.
The agency said it originally received a complaint about the hitches in October 2008, including photographs of a fatal crash in Florida in 2006. The agency said the “evidence did not support opening an investigation at that time.” But in late April, the agency said it received information from a suit filed in the case and decided to seek “further information abut the family of hitches.”
For more information or to report a safety problem go to the government Web site.