Brackets that could fall off trailers and possible loss of power to the drive wheels on tractors are the problems leading to two of the latest commercial vehicle equipment recalls.
Great Dane is recalling 1,008 model year 2013-2015 flatbed trailers.
In the affected trailers, the brackets mounted on each side of the trailer used for storing the aluminum J-hook cargo restraint plates may break and detach from the trailer, along with the cargo restraint plates stored on the bracket. This could lead to the bracket or plates being run over by the trailer or other vehicles, resulting in loss of control, damage or a crash.
Great Dane Trailers will replace all defective J-hook holder brackets with a new design bracket free of charge.
Great Dane has determined the vehicle identification numbers of the trailers on which the defective brackets were installed and is in the process of compiling a list of the customer names and addresses. It has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners may contact Great Dane at 1-800-633-4176.
Navistar is recalling 124 model year 2014 International Prostar trucks manufactured September 2013 through December 2013 that are equipped with feature code 14GXP 6X2 rear axles with 'R' hubs and dual track rear axles.
In the affected vehicles, axle shafts of an incorrect length may have been installed which can cause the splines on the axles shafts to be only partially engaged into the side gears of the rear axle differential. The partial engagement could cause the axle shaft splines or side gears to fail which may result in loss of power to the drive wheels causing the vehicle to stall on the roadway, increasing the risk of a crash.
Navistar will notify owners and dealers will replace the incorrect wheel hubs and axle shafts with the correct ones and replace any damaged side gears, free of charge. The recall began on March 18. The number associated with this recall is 14506.
Owners may contact Navistar at 1-800-448-7825.