UTILIMASTER WALK IN VAN 1996: STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD

Make : UTILIMASTER Model : WALK IN VAN Year : 1996
Build Dates : 1996-01-22 - 1996-11-30
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 97V027000
Date Owner's Notified: 1997-06-18 Date Received by ODI: 1997-02-22 Date Added to Database: 1997-03-03
Manufacturers Involved: Utilimaster Corporation
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number:
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 3132
Summary:
      WHEN THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, THE FORCE OF THE WIND AGAINST THE HOOD CAN FORCE THE HOOD BEHIND THE BUMPER ALLOWING THE HOOD TO DROP. THIS REDUCES THE TENSION ON THE TWO RUBBER HOLD-DOWNS WHICH THEN BECOME LOOSE.
Consequence:
      IF BOTH TIE DOWNS COME LOOSE, THE HOOD CAN SEPARATE DURING VEHICLE OPERATION LEADING TO A POSSIBLE BROKEN WINDSHIELD AND/OR BLOCKING OF THE DRIVER'S VISION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH..
Remedy:
      DEALERS WILL ADD A METAL BRACKET AND A SECOND BUMPER ABOVE AND BEHIND THE ORIGINAL BUMPER SO THAT THE HOOD CANNOT BE PUSHED OR SLIP BEHIND THE ORIGINAL "BOTTOM" BUMPER.
Report Initiator: MFR V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number:
Notes:
      OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 18, 1997. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT UTILIMASTER AT 1-800-582-3454.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.