Cummins Filtration is recalling more than 63,000 fuel filters due to the possibility they could fail. The filters were distributed in both the aftermarket and on certain Cummins engines manufactured earlier this year.
The recall affects the Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, According to Cummins, the bond that attaches the filter shell to the filter nut plate may fail. If this occurs, the shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate, causing the engine to stall without warning and without the ability to restart the engine until the fuel filter is replaced.
Approximately 42,000 of these filters were distributed as replacement filters in the aftermarket. About 21,600 were installed in Cummins ISB engines built between April 28 and July 9 and ISL engines built from April 30 to July 8.
Up to 25% of the filters are believed to contain this defect, according to Cummins.
Cummins said will notify its OEM and distributor customers of this recall and will work with these customers to identify and notify affected vehicle owners and aftermarket purchasers. Product remaining in customer inventory will be replaced with new, non-defective product, and installed product will replaced, without charge, through the Cummins service network.
Cummins' campaign code for the fuel filter recall, which began on Aug. 20, is C1545.
Owners may contact Cummins customer service at 1-800-223-4583.
In its letter to customers, Cummins says, check the date code on FF63009 filters bought after April 25. The date code is the first five digits in the string of 13 digits located on the side of the filter near the nut rim plate. If that code is from 14115 through 14180, do not use the product.
OEMs affected by this recall and listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site include Daimler Trucks North America, Paccar (Kenworth and Peterbilt), Navistar and Mack, among others. See the complete list here.