Friday, August 11, 2006
JAYCO / JAY FEATHER 2007
Manufacturer : JAYCO, INC.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V287000 Mfg's Report Date : JUL 18, 2006
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 162
ON CERTAIN TRAVEL TRAILERS, THE OUTLET MOUNTED A THE END OF THE KITCHEN COUNTER TOP DOES NOT MEET NFPA 70 NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE ARTICLE 5511V NOMINAL 120 VOLT OR 120/240-VOLT SYSTEMS 551.41 (C) GROUND -FAULT CIRCUIT-INTERRUPTER PROTECTION.
THIS COULD CAUSE AN ELECTRICAL SHORT, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REWIRE TO A GROUND-FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER CIRCUIT FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 24, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT JAYCO AT 1-800-283-8267.
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.
FREIGHTLINER SUING GM OVER TRANSMISSIONS
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Freightliner LLC, the heavy truck unit of DaimlerChrysler AG and parent to RV chassis manufacturer Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp., has sued General Motors Corp. over what Freightliner calls "predatory and discriminatory" activities related to the selling of heavier-duty automatic transmissions, according to CBS MarketWatch.
GM's Allison Transmission unit, a division since 1929, controls virtually the entire transmission market for a niche of vehicles that includes diesel-powered buses, recreational vehicles and walk-in vans, according to the Freightliner suit.
The suit alleges that GM is leveraging that "monopoly" status to squeeze out new competitors and boost its share in other corners of the heavy-duty market, like large highway-bound trucks.
GM is utilizing its market power to commit "numerous violations of the antitrust laws, including exclusive dealing," forcing customers to buy an entire line of products and "price discrimination," Freightliner said in the suit, filed July 28 in the U.S. District Court of Oregon, where Freightliner LLC is incorporated.
The suit is a rare move, as it pits customer against supplier in an antitrust case. It comes at an awkward time for GM, which is conducting a financial analysis of the Indianapolis-based transmission division to evaluate the possibility of eventually selling it. It also comes as new competitors – most notably Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) – look to take a bite out of GM's transmission business.
GM spokeswoman Toni Simonetti said "the allegations are out of order" and insisted the auto maker "will vigorously defend against these claims." She said GM considers Freightliner a good customer.
Freightliner believes GM is abusing its position as an industry leader in supplying transmissions and leveraging its scale to offer discounts and favorable warranty agreements "in an attempt to lock in virtually all future sales."
The suit claims Freightliner has "been substantially injured in their business" because of an unwillingness to agree to GM's terms in some cases.
"If (GM) is permitted to continue this conduct, it will drive any actual competition from the field and successfully block any new entrants," the suit said.