Defective Door Locks Lead to Horse Trailer Recall from Merhow

Defective Door Locks Lead to Horse Trailer Recall from Merhow
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October 12, 2015

Faulty locks are prompting a recall from one specialty auto manufacturer.

Merhow Acquisition is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2006-2013 Horse Trailers. The recalled models feature Fastec brand door locks. The company is recalling about 178 trailers.

In the affected models, it is possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt. If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Merhow has notified owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The recall began in December 2013, but was just announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Merhow customer service at (269) 483-0010 or Fastec customer service at (800) 837-2505.