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#62 of 102 Thule Roof Rack - NHTSA Recall
Jul 22, 2009 (5:38 pm)
This just in....
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MAZDA / CX-7 2007-2009
MAZDA / CX-9 2007-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA3 2004-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA5 2006-2009
MAZDA / MAZDA6 2003-2009
SUBARU / FORESTER 2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA 2008-2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA STI 2008-2009
SUBARU / IMPREZA WRX 2008-2009
SUBARU / OUTBACK SPORT 2008-2009
Equipment Brand Name / Part No. or Model No.: Production Dates:
THULE / 3068 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009
THULE / 3069 JAN 01, 2008 - FEB 28, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E011000
THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO THULE AFTERMARKET ROOF MOUNTED LOAD CARRIERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. OWNERS 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
#63 of 102 Re: Roof cargo box recommendations? [jcpharm]
Jul 22, 2009 (5:46 pm)
You probably won't hear this recommendation from others, but we've been hugely pleased with Kanga's Hurricane carrier. It's a soft but weatherproof carrier, and comes in 11 and 14 cu. ft. models. We've had ours for over ten years and we favour it over the popular rigid products for a number of reasons: It's more aerodynamic, quieter on the highway, load flexible, and when you're not using it, you can just pack it right back into its box, taking up little room in the garage or at destination. The other advantage to it is that the manufacturer provides straps and brackets to allow installation on vehicles with or without roof racks. As our CX-9 and former Pathfinder had roof racks, we just strapped both ends quickly to the cross members and hit the road. Ours also has a folding, semi-rigid base that goes inside of the hurricane, and prevents any possibility of cargo damage to the roof. In short, adaptable, just like the CX-9. Hope this helps.
#64 of 102 Re: Roof cargo box recommendations? [rabadash]
Jul 23, 2009 (12:42 pm)
i wasn't even looking at soft cases....are they durable? my concern is that stuff could shift weight easily and throw off the center of gravity of the car in motion moreso than with a rigid. any other opinions out there?
#65 of 102 Re: Roof cargo box recommendations? [jcpharm]
Jul 28, 2009 (11:44 am)
I don't think you need to worry about that. They strap down pretty tight.
I have a soft top carrier and the biggest issue I have with it is that if you are taking a trip and need to stay overnight at a hotel, they are easily broken into with a utility knife. You can, of course, unload the whole thing, but that takes time. Outside of that though, I like all the advantages mentioned above.
#66 of 102 Re: trailer hitch with bike rack [investigator1]
Jul 30, 2009 (12:16 pm)
"Do you know what I would need to carry two kids' bikes (16" wheel size, I think) -- should I get the tow hitch installed when choosing options? Thanks! "
I'm very interested in recommendations for this as well....
#67 of 102 Re: trailer hitch with bike rack [mindleftnumb]
Jul 30, 2009 (3:26 pm)
The factory hitch has 2 1/4" opening. After-market hitches have 3" opening.
Most bike racks come with adapters for 2 1/4->3 or vice versa.
Factory hitch only comes with TOW package (unless you ask dealer to order the part and install it at dealers). The factory hitch is more expensive (~$200).
However, aftermarket hitches can be had for $150 shipped. Installation only takes about 30 minutes with torque wrench.
The factory hitch is better integrated within the bumper. Aftermarket one sits below the bumper.
To carry bikes only, you definitely don't need the TOW package.
#68 of 102 Re: Roof cargo box recommendations? [jcpharm]
Aug 04, 2009 (4:16 pm)
I have a soft case I use for our Cx9... they work great. once you strap things down tightly... they don't move.
#69 of 102 Re: trailer hitch with bike rack [ceric]
Aug 04, 2009 (4:18 pm)
The factory is actually an 1 1/4, with the next size up being 2 inches.
#70 of 102 Re: Yakima options w/ factory roof rack [vikefan7]
Aug 04, 2009 (4:21 pm)
Low riders do indeed work... I used the original cross tops on mine that I kept from our MPV. If you already have the side rails... and previous yakima accessories... then for sure go for the low rider towers.
#71 of 102 Re: trailer hitch with bike rack [imamg]
Aug 04, 2009 (5:22 pm)
I stand corrected. 1 1/4" and 2".