Multiple KME Fire Trucks Recalled Due to Transmission Malfunction
Transmission May Not Switch from Road to Pump Mode
Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) is recalling 112 total model year 2016 Predator SS Tractor Drawn Aerial, Predator SS Aerial, Predator Pumper, Predator Aerial, M114 Tanker, 7600 Tanker, 7600 Pumper, 7400 Tanker, 4400 Pumper, and FDNY Pumper and 2016-2017 Predator SS Pumper and Predator Panther Pumper and 2015-2017 M2 Pumper vehicles.
The affected vehicles may be equipped with certain C20 and C21 split-shaft transmissions from Waterous. This transmission sends power to the wheels of an emergency response vehicle or powers an add-on unit such as a water pump used for fighting fires. A component within the shift unit may be damaged and as a result, the operator may not be able to switch the power output.
If the power output cannot be changed, once the fire truck arrives at the scene, it may not be able to pump water to aid in extinguishing the fire, increasing the risk of injury.
The recall is expected to begin September 27, 2016.
KME will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmissions, free of charge.
For further information regarding this recall, owners may contact KME customer service at (800) 235-3926.