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Spartan Recalls Gladiator, MetroStar Fire Trucks

Spartan Recalls Gladiator, MetroStar Fire Trucks

Spartan Motors is recalling 95 2013-2015 model-year Gladiator, as well as 2011 and 2013-2014-MY MetroStar, emergency vehicles equipped with a pressure governor or hand throttle supplied by Fire Research Corp.

The software controlling the pressure governor or hand throttle might cause an engine surge. This in turn could trigger a water pressure surge at the end of a fire hose, increasing the risk of personal injury to firefighters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.

The recall covers fire trucks manufactured from June 15, 2011, to Jan. 14 of this year.

To remedy the problem, Spartan dealers will install a software update free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

Vehicle owners can reach Spartan customer service at 1-517-543-6400. Spartan’s number for this recall is 14013.

RECALL: Ford Recalls 92,000 Vehicles for Driveshaft Problem

Ford is recalling about 92,000 sedans and crossovers in North America because of a problem with the front, right half shaft, which means the vehicles can cause drivers to “experience the loss of drive function” suddenly, the automaker said on Monday.

The models covered by the recall are the 2013-14 Ford Taurus, police interceptor sedans and Flex; the Lincoln MKT and MKS; and the 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. About 83,000 of the vehicles are in the United States, about 8,200 in Canada and 600 in Mexico.

The problem was detected through warranty claims, said Kelli Felker, a spokeswoman for Ford.

Other recalls announced by Ford on Monday covered about 200 Fiesta compacts from the 2014 model year because the gas tank may leak and about 2,100 Ford Escape crossovers from 2014 because a weak bond could cause the panoramic glass sunroof to leak or break away from the vehicle.

The automaker said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to any of the recalls.



2/10/2014 2:00:00 PM | By Truck Fleet Management

Paccar Inc. said it is recalling more than 21,000 trucks for potential defects to door latches and seat belts, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

The recalls involve various 2013 and 2014 Kenworth and Peterbilt models, Paccar wrote to NHTSA in a letter outlining the recalls. Paccar is the parent company of Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors Co.

Included in the door latch recall are 7,292 Peterbilt 567 and 579 models manufactured between Jan. 20, 2012, and Oct. 11, 2013. Also included are 6,746 Kenworth T680 from the same model years that were manufactured at around the same time.

The seat belt recall is for 5,276 units of a range of brand Kenworth model year 2014 — including T660s  and T680s — as well as 5,138 Peterbilts, also for the current model year and also for a range of brands. Those trucks were manufactured between early August and early November of last year.

Paccar told NHTSA that it will notify owners and dealers of the defects by the end of February and that it will replace the seat belt buckles and door-latch assemblies, if needed, free of charge.

The truck makers did not respond to a request for comment Feb. 10.

The seat belts — made by Westfield, Ind.-based Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. — fail to conform to federal standards in which it may take more effort than is standard to separate the latch plate from the buckle, NHTSA said.

The door latches were made by component maker Inteva Products, based in Troy, Mich.

Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks issued recall notices in January over the same seat belt issue involving IMMI’s L9 seatbelt model. Those recalls included more than 26,000 of Daimler’s Freightliner models and 5,000 Volvo models.

Eliminating Fire Department Water Tanker Rollovers

National Tank Truck Carriers  June   2013  
Eliminating Fire Department Water Tanker Rollovers is Goal of New NTTC/DOT Video

DENVER CO – On November 11, 2012, Firefighter Mark Haudenschild II, 26, was killed when the water tanker he was driving overturned while he was  responding to a brush fire near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He left a wife and two young children. He was a volunteer with the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department serving his community.

Over the past several years, too many firefighters have been killed or injured in water tanker/ tender  rollovers while responding to emergencies.  National Tank Truck Carriers ( NTTC) has produced a new version of the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video it developed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to help educate water tanker drivers on the special characteristics of tank truck vehicles and the actions they can take to avoid rollovers.

“While this DVD was originally developed for commercial tank truck drivers, the principles of tank truck vehicle dynamics, road challenges,  and   safe  driving  practices  it presents are equally applicable  to water tankers  used in emergency response,” said Jim Shaeffer, president of McKenzie Tank Lines, Tallahassee FL,  and Chairman of National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.  “I know we will use this DVD in our outreach to firefighters and LEPCs (Local Emergency Planning Councils) in the areas in which we operate.  It is especially appropriate  that we introduce this material at our Annual Safety Conference in Denver.  Safety is the core mission of NTTC.”

Fire Department water tanker rollovers are not a new phenomenon. The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Firefighter Deaths from Tanker Truck Rollovers in 2001.  That report said there had been 62 deaths from water tanker rollovers from 1977-1999. The report  did not include the injuries.  The  ability to track media and other reports on such crashes  today shows that they continue to be a real issue of concern. Firefighters continue to be killed and injured in these usually preventable crashes.
The original 20-minute video was produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation with input from National Tank Truck Carriers in 2010 following increased industry and government concerns about the number of tank truck rollovers. It focuses on:  Tank truck vehicle design; cargo/load  factors; highway factors; and driver factors.  The video features real tank truck drivers who share their experiences, different types of tank truck equipment and detailed graphics,  and  various highway challenges.  The video has been translated into French, Spanish and Japanese.  

The video was based in part on information developed in 2007 in a detailed cargo tank rollover report prepared for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by Battelle. Among information in that report was that over 75 percent of rollovers are caused by a driver’s action or inaction, the majority of rollovers are single vehicle crashes that occur on straight dry roadways (not exit ramps as is often thought,) and that about one-quarter of tanker rollovers involve straight trucks where the tank sits on the truck body.  
"I am delighted that we can help extend the very important safety message of the Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video to the fire service," said Tim Butters, Deputy Administrator of the USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and former chief fire officer with the Fairfax City (Virginia) Fire Department.  "We continue to see vehicle rollovers involving fire department apparatus, particularly tenders/tankers used for transporting large volumes of water.  Understanding how to safety operate these vehicles will help reduce rollover accidents.  Vehicle accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of firefighter injuries and fatalities.  I will strongly encourage my colleagues in the fire and emergency response service to include this training video in their emergency vehicle driver/operator safety training and driver refresher programs.  Emergency responder’s provide a critical public safety service to their communities, and we want to return home safely."

“We have been pleased with the response to the original video and hope that this version directed to the fire community will become a tool for training drivers who perform such a valuable service to us all,”  said Dan Furth,  National Tank Truck Carriers president.  “The DVD is free for downloading from our website and we encourage everyone to help spread this safety outreach to anyone who can benefit from it. Many of our NTTC members already work with fire departments in their operating areas and we know that  this  information will help in the training they provide.”

A free copy of the  DVD can be obtained for review and reproduction by contacting NTTC at 703/838-1960, by email to, or by mail to NTTC, 950 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington VA 22203. If large amounts of copies are desired, we can put people  in touch with our video company for obtaining copies. None of this material is copyright protected.  National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. is the trade association of the tank truck industry.  

Note to editors:  For more information, contact:  John Conley,, 703/216-0449.
The Battelle Report referenced can be found on the FMCSA website: