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"Recall Alerts"

09-13-2011

Published by:
Peter A. Lynch, Esq.
of Cozen O'Connor
palynch@cozen.com
http://www.cozen.com

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:      This weekly newsletter covers:

  1. Grid Heater/Possible Fire
  2. Overheating Battery Separator/Possible Fire


(1) GRID HEATER/POSSIBLE FIRE

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
FREIGHTLINER / M2 2005-2012
STERLING / 7500 2005-2012
STERLING / 8500 2005-2012
STERLING / ACTERRA 2005-2010 2012
THOMAS BUILT BUSES / HDX 2005-2012

Manufacturer: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: AUG 24, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V455000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 43

Summary: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005 THROUGH 2012 FREIGHTLINER M2, STERLING ACTERRA, 7500 & 8500, AND THOMAS BUILT HDX VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 23, 2004, THROUGH MARCH 15, 2011, EQUIPPED WITH SPECIFIC MBE900 EPA04 AND EPA07 MODEL ENGINES. THE INTAKE AIR GRID HEATER MAY SHORT CIRCUIT AND FAIL DUE TO EXCESSIVE INTERNAL TEMPERATURES.

Consequence: A SHORT CIRCUITED GRID HEATER COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE AND INJURY TO VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.

Remedy: DAIMLER TRUCKS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED BY DETROIT DIESEL CORPORATION AUTHORIZED REPAIR FACILITIES. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLER TRUCKS TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-547-0712. THIS RECALL IS AN EXPANSION OF A PREVIOUS RECALL, CAMPAIGN NUMBER 10V-341.

Notes: DAIMLER TRUCKS' RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 10C-5. 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

To see this recall, please go to: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=11V455&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=email


(2) OVERHEATING BATTERY SEPARATOR/POSSIBLE FIRE

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
UTILMASTER / TRUCK BODY2008-2011

Manufacturer: SPARTAN CHASSIS, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 26, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V453000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EQUIPMENT: ELECTRICAL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 174

Summary:
SPARTAN CHASSIS (SPARTAN), THE PARENT COMPANY OF UTILIMASTER, IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 UTILIMASTER TRUCK BODIES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 25, 2008, THROUGH MARCH 19, 2011, EQUIPPED WITH A SURE POWER BATTERY SEPARATOR, PART NUMBER 16511893 (MODEL 1314) OR 16512967 (MODEL 1315). SUSPECT VEHICLES, IN THEIR AS- BUILT CONFIGURATION, HAD THE SURE POWER BATTERY SEPARATOR INSTALLED ON THE INBOARD SIDE OF THE CURB SIDE RAIL. THESE BATTERY SEPARATORS MAY OVERHEAT.

Consequence:
OVERHEATING OF THE BATTERY SEPARATOR CAN RESULT IN SMOKE AND POSSIBLY A FIRE.

Remedy:
UTILIMASTER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE BATTERY SEPARATOR FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT UTILIMASTER AT 1-800-582-3454.

Notes:
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.

To see this recall, please go to: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=11V453&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=email

DISCLAIMER: This column is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information contained in this update is general in nature. Individual situations of readers may not fit the general educational information described in the column. Readers are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney to evaluate individual situations and provide legal advice. Any reliance on the information contained herein is taken at the reader's own risk and should not be considered legal advice.

Mr. Lynch can be reached at Cozen and O'Connor, 501 West Broadway, Suite 1610, San Diego, California 92101, 800-782-3366 (voice), 619-234-7831 (fax), palynch@cozen.com (e-mail), http://www.cozen.com. Follow us on Twitter at @firesandrain.

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