Spare Tire Mount Failure – 2003-2022 Big Tex Trailer 16GN Trailers

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July 11, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V498000

Spare Tire Mount Failure

Spare tire mount failure can allow the spare tire to detach from the trailer and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V498

Manufacturer Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.

Components TIRES

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,724

 

Summary

Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. (Big Tex Trailer) is recalling certain 2003-2022 16GN trailers. The spare tire mount allows the spare tire to vibrate, which can cause the joint between the spare tire mount and the trailer to fatigue and eventually fail.

 

Remedy

Dealers will relocate and reinforce the spare tire mount, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on September 9, 2022. Owners may contact Big Tex Trailer’s customer service at 1-800-594-5637.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 


PURPOSE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO ANYONE OPERATING A BIG TEX 16GN GOOSENECK TRAILER TO REMOVE THE SPARE TIRE FROM ITS MOUNT BEFORE USING THE TRAILER. IN SOME CASES, THE SPARE TIRE MOUNT CAN FATIGUE AND CAUSE THE SPARE TIRE TO DETACH FROM THE TRAILER

 

Safety Precautions

Use caution when working above the ground to remove the spare tire from the mount

 

Models Affected

All 16GN model trailers produced before July 11, 2022

 

Parts Needed

None

 

Recommended Action

Do not use an affected trailer with a spare tire installed on the spare tire mount.
Remove spare tires from any 16GN trailer before use.

 


Chronology :

Since the beginning of production of this particular model in 2003, there have been a total of 76 warranty claims related to the separation of the spare tire from the trailer. 1 in 2003, 1 in 2013, 1 in 2016, 1 in 2019, 6 in 2020, 30 in 2021 and 36 in the first 6 months of 2022. Investigations began to determine if the failure mode of each claim was similar or different, since the number of failures was increasing. In June 2022 Big Tex Trailers identified a potential situation where the spare tire secured to the spare tire mount on 16GN trailers can vibrate, and over time, fatigue the welded joint between the tire mount and the trailer. This condition could result in the spare tire becoming detached from the trailer. On 1 July, 2022, after completing an investigation into the issue, Big Tex Trailers contained all 16GNs under our control and determined a recall of all 16GNs produced with this condition was prudent. Big Tex Trailers sold 1,724 16GN trailers between 2003 and 2023 with this spare tire mount design. An updated design is available and will be included on future production units. A field fix is in the process of being validated now and will be provided to dealers and customers soon.

 


21 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BIG TEX 16GN 2003-2023

 


9 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V498-6534.PDF 213.917KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V498-9200.pdf 690.094KB

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Recall 573 Report- 07/20/2022

RCLRPT-22V498-1989.PDF 213.916KB

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Recall 573 Report- 08/12/2022

RCLRPT-22V498-8826.PDF 214.512KB

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Miscellaneous Document- Customer Advisory

RMISC-22V498-5765.pdf 118.487KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V498-1307.pdf 1343.607KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2022-3

RCLQRT-22V498-6221.PDF 211.123KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-4

RCLQRT-22V498-0047.PDF 211.228KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V498-5491.PDF 211.31KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V498&docType=RCL

 


 

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