UPDATED: Faulty Suspension, Axles Pose Problems in Rosenbauer Fire Trucks
An auto manufacturer specializing in fire service vehicles is issuing a pair of recalls due to questions over steering capability and safety of the drive axles.
First, Rosenbauer Motors is recalling certain 10 2014-2015 Commander fire truck cabs and chassis. The impacted vehicles are equipped with Independent Front Suspension (IFS) assemblies manufactured by Reyco Granning. The affected assemblies may have loose ball joints which could separate, causing a loss of steering control.
A loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash and injury to occupants.
Rosenbauer has notified the affected owners and has repaired all the vehicles by reworking the ball joint, free of charge. Notification began on September 2, 2015.
Next, the manufacturer is recalling two 2015 Commander fire trucks equipped with drive axles manufactured by Marmon-Herrington. The affected axles may have hex nuts on the flange yoke that may not have been properly tightened.
If the hex nuts are not tightened to specification, the driveshaft may disconnect from the drive axle, resulting in a loss of propulsion and increasing the risk of a crash.
Rosenbauer notified the owners, and dealers will check the hex nut for proper torque, tightening as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on February 4, 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact Rosenbauer customer service at (651) 462-1000.