Spartan Motors Issues Emergency Vehicle Recall Due to Brake Defect

Spartan Motors Issues Emergency Vehicle Recall Due to Brake Defect
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August 20, 2015

A Michigan-based automotive manufacturer is issuing a recall due to defective brake equipment.

Spartan Motors, Inc. announced the decision this month to recall certain model year 2007-2015 Advantage, Diamond, Gladiator, and MetroStar emergency response vehicles manufactured January 18, 2007 to February 9, 2015. The front wheels of the affected vehicles have valve stems that may rub against the brake caliper.

If the valve stems rub against the brake caliper, a hole may develop causing the tire to deflate suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Spartan began to receive reports of a defect in April 2015. In May, the company determined that the valve stems were being bent by operators during assembly of the tires and wheels. On July 7, 2015, all information was reviewed with the Campaign Approval Board and Spartan determined a safety defect may exist.

Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front wheel valve stems and replace any that have wear marks, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2015. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at (517) 543-6400.