Hale Recalls Malfunctioning Gearboxes Used to Fight Fires
A hydraulic equipment manufacturer is issuing a recall for a defective gearbox.
Hale Products, Inc. is recalling certain K Gearboxes, a product that is used in a fire apparatus to transfer engine power from driving a fire hose pump to turning the vehicle driveshaft. The affected gearboxes, sizes XK and LK, may shift out of gear from "road" to "neutral" while in the fire truck is in transit.
If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral on the way to attend a fire, the delay may hinder firefighting efforts. Additionally, the loss of drive may increase the risk of a crash.
Hale believes that 51 gearboxes may be affected by this glitch.
Hale will notify owners, and dealers will remove the gearbox and ship it to Hale to be remedied. Once repaired, it will be reinstalled. This work will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners with questions can contact Hale customer service at (800) 533-3569.