April – May Recalls
Lots to report on this month, so let's get started:
Bosch is recalling (NHTSA Recall #13E 011) certain Hydromax brake master cylinders with 2" bore and 84 cubic inch reservoir with a brake fluid level indicator switch and without a differential pressure switch. These were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and April 12, 2012.
The brake fluid level indicator (FLI) may not properly detect a low brake fluid situation and warn the driver. If the brake system develops an external leak, it may result in a loss of brake fluid below the detection level of the fluid indicator switch.
Bosch will notify customers and replace the switch free of charge. Owners may contact Bosch Technical Support and Warranty Hotline at 855 426 7247.
They don’t give any indication of what vehicles may have these cylinders in them.
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However, Navistar has a recall (13V 054) out for certain 2011 – 2012 Workhorse Custom Chassis W42 and W62 manufactured between July 18, 2011 and July 12, 2012, equipped with hydraulic brakes. The same defect is described. So it appears that Workhorse is at least one user of that part.
In this one, Navistar will notify owners and dealers will replace the FLI switch free of charge. Navistar’s recall was to have begun by April 22, Owners may contact Navistar at 800 448 7825. Their recall campaign number is 13503.
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Meritor is recalling (13E 012) certain axle assemblies that were built with disc brakes using MGM J24 series air brake chambers.
Brake chambers may leak pressure allowing the parking brake to drag when it is supposed to be released. Brake dragging could lead to overheated brake components.
Meritor will notify owners, inspect brake chambers and replace as needed, free of charge. The recall was to have begun on March 19. Owners may contact Meritor at 866 668 7221. Their campaign number is C-13AA.
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Hercules is recalling (13T 002) certain Hercules ALL TRAC A/T Load Range E tires as follows:
LT215/85R16 115/112S, DOT Serial Numbers JEHMECL5008-4010
LT235/85R16 120/116S, DOT Serial Numbers JEKMECL4708-4710
LT245/75R16 120/116S, DOT Serial Numbers JEJKECL4608-4010
LT265/75R16 123/120S, DOT Serial Numbers JENKECL4808-4010
LT265/70R17 121/118S, DOT Serial Numbers JENJFCL5108-4010
LT245/75R17 121/118S, DOT Serial Numbers JELKFCL5008-4010
LT225/75R16 115/112S, DOT Serial Numbers JEJKECL5108-4010
These tires can experience in-service belt and tread separations.
Hercules will notify owners and replace the affected tires free of charge, including mounting and balancing. The recall began February 27. Owners may contact Hercules at 888 965 5795 or 419 425 6400. Hercules Tire’s recall campaign number is 01-2013.
I want to repeat my caution about aftermarket parts, where the retail dealer may not know where the parts end up. In the case of tires though, sales of individual tires are recorded for cases such as this. But even so, some could slip through the cracks.
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Chrysler is recalling (13V 038) certain 2009 – 2012 Ram 1500 trucks; 2009 – 2011 Dodge Dakota trucks; 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks and 2009 Dodge Durango trucks.
The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer free of charge. The recall was to have begun during March. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800 247 9753. This campaign is an expansion of recall campaign NHTSA number 12V 474) Chrysler’ recall campaign number is N08.
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Spartan Motors Chassis is recalling (13V 066) certain 2012 – 2013 MetroStar and Gladiator fire truck chassis equipped with a Spartan Advanced Protection System (APS) supplied by Takata Protection Systems.
The circuits on the control module of the APS may short and cause an inadvertent air bag deployment.
Spartan Motors will notify owners,, and dealers will install a new sub-wire harness on the control module of the APS free of charge. The campaign was to have begun in March. Owners may contact Spartan at 800 543 5008, Option 4. Spartan’s recall campaign number is 13-004.
Spartan is also recalling (13V 046) certain 2005 – 2011 RMP 100 and 2008 – 2010 MMP 100 aerial vehicle apparatus.
These vehicles are equipped with a single platform inclinometer that may provide an intermittent signal allowing the platform to be tilted more than below the horizontal plane which could allow the platform to strike nearby objects or people.
Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the single inclinometer with a dual inclinometer installed in a sealed enclosure, free of charge. The recall began on February 25. Owners may contact Spartan at 800 867 6478, Option 2. Spartan’s recall campaign number is ERV13-002.
Spartan ERV is recalling (13V-049) certain 2008 – 2009 RMA 75, RMA 103 and TDA aerial fire apparatus equipped with hydraulic extension and retraction cylinders produced by RamRod Industries.
The cylinders on the affected vehicles may have welded rod eyes that were not properly heat treated during the manufacturing process. An improperly manufactured rod eye end attachment may fracture or separate. In the event that two affected cylinders are installed on the same aerial device, the aerial may retract without warning.
Spartan ERV will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected cylinders free of charge. The recall began on February 25. Owners may contact Spartan at 800 867 6478, Option 2. Spartan’s recall campaign number is ERV13-003
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PACCAR is recalling (13V 048) certain 2013 – 2014 Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks; and 2013 – 2014 Peterbilt 579 and 567 vehicles. The exterior lights self test switch is intended to be used when the vehicle is parked. If the switch is pressed while the vehicle is in motion, the exterior lights self test switch will cause all exterior lights to be extinguished.
PACCAR will notify owners and dealers will disable the exterior lights self test software parameter and remove the exterior lights self test switch and install a switch plug in its place. The recall began on February 28. Owners may contact Kenworth at 425 828 5000, or Peterbilt at 940 591 4000. Kenworth’s campaign number is 13KWB. Peterbilt’s is 0213-B.
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UD Trucks is recalling (13V 053) certain 2011 – 2013 UD2600 and UD3300 trucks equipped with Allison 3000RDS automatic transmissions. The oil cooler hose clamp retaining rings may fail. If the retaining ring fails, the oil cooler hose may leak, leaving a large deposit on the roadway. If any of the oil sprays onto the engine, there could be an increased risk of a fire.
UD Trucks will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected hoses free of charge. The manufacturer had not provided a notification schedule as of April. Owners may contact UD at 800 832 5929.
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Pierce is recalling (13V 062) certain 2007 – 2010 Velocity and Impel fire trucks.
The springs inside the inner door handles may allow the door to open inadvertently.
Pierce will notify owners and dealers will replace the inner door handles free of charge. The recall is to begin in May. Owners may contact Pierce at 920 832 3000. Pierce’s campaign number is 74B327.
That's it for this month, but that's plenty to keep you busy for a while.
The temperature is finally warming up…. Play ball! …. Sam Yardumian
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