Axle May Crack and Separate – 2021-2022 Delco C-Series, D-Series, & F-Series Trailers

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August 2, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V564000

Axle May Crack and Separate

Cracking or separation of the axle and spindle can increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V564

Manufacturer Delco Trailers LLC

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,209

 

Summary

Delco Trailers LLC (Delco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 C-Series, D-Series, and F-Series trailers equipped with Besser Pro 7000 lbs. Tubular Straight Axle assemblies. The weld that joins the spindle and the main axle may have been improperly placed, which can cause cracking or separation of the axle from the spindle.

 

Remedy

Dealers will inspect the axle serial numbers, and replace the axles as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on September 9, 2022. Owners may contact Delco’s customer service at 1-903-739-9400.

 

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.

 


Delco Trailers, Ltd. has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain trailers manufactured between October 07, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Specifically, certain model year 2021-2022 Delco C-Series, D-Series, and F-Series trailers are equipped with 7,000-pound, tubular straight axles that may contain a defective weld.

Our records indicate that you purchased a trailer that may have subject axles.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Due to a manufacturing error by one of Delco’s axle suppliers, the weld joining the spindle to the main beam of axle may not be properly placed. This could result in improper weld penetration or in an otherwise deficient weld. The potential deficient weld could fail when stressed by a heavy load or hard impact. Upon examination of spindle welds, any evidence of cracking means axle has been overstressed and is evidence that it could break under further pressure. A weld failure could result in cracking of axle or separation of spindle, which increases the risk of a crash.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE PROBLEM?

To correct the problem, Delco is recalling the entire population of axles specified by the supplier. Delco will also cover the cost to inspect your trailer’s axles to identify if your trailer is equipped with axle(s) included in the axle supplier’s recall. The inspection and any required replacement of axles will be conducted free of charge to customers.

 

WHAT IF YOU ARE A LESSOR?

Federal law requires that you forward a copy of this safety recall notice to the lessee within 10 days.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

At your earliest convenience, you should contact your nearest Delco Trailers dealer to arrange an inspection. Any axles within the supplier’s recall range will be replaced free of charge.

The inspection will take approximately 0.5 hours. For axles that need to be replaced, you will be able to schedule a time for the replacement, which will take approximately 1-2 hours.

 

WHAT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR THIS REPAIR?

You may be eligible to receive a reimbursement for the cost of repairs made prior to receiving this notice. Please contact Delco at peterg@delcotrailers.com or 903-218-0675 to determine whether you are eligible for reimbursement.

 

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

If you have questions or concerns about this recall, or are unable to contact a Delco Trailers dealership please contact Delco at peterg@delcotrailers.com or 903-218-0675.

If you have a complaint relative to this recall, you may report it to the following:

Administrator
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

You may also call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

If you are no longer the owner of the trailer(s), please forward this notice to the new owner or provide the new owner’s contact information to Delco at the number above so that we can notify the new owner of this recall.

Delco is taking this action in the interest of safety and satisfaction with our products. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your attention to this matter.

 


Chronology :

Jul 5, 2022: Delco learned of an accident involving a trailer that was equipped with a Besser Pro axle.

Jul. 5-11, 2022: Delco notified the supplier of the alleged accident. Delco reviewed warranty and complaint information.

Jul. 21, 2022: Besser Pro notified Delco that it had determined that a welding issue resulted in a defect. Besser Pro also notified Delco that it had submitted a defect information report to NHTSA related to the welding issue on the axles.

Jul. 21-25, 2022: Delco investigated trailers equipped with the defective axles.

Jul. 26, 2022: Based on the defect notice from Besser Pro, Delco determined that a population of trailers contained a safety-related defect.

 


6 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
DELCO TRAILERS C-SERIES 2021-2022
DELCO TRAILERS D-SERIES 2021-2022
DELCO TRAILERS F-SERIES 2021-2022

 


11 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V564-4402.PDF 217.495KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V564-8732.pdf 645.77KB

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Recall 573 Report- 08/24/2022

RCLRPT-22V564-4159.PDF 217.494KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-22V564-2873.pdf 814.598KB

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Recall 573 Report- 09/09/2022

RCLRPT-22V564-6331.PDF 245.912KB

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Miscellaneous Document- Axle Warranty

RMISC-22V564-4069.pdf 165.77KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V564-5318.pdf 575.539KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2022-3

RCLQRT-22V564-4751.PDF 211.125KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-4

RCLQRT-22V564-9471.PDF 211.228KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V564-3726.PDF 211.313KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V564-5088.PDF 211.312KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most Recent Recalls Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V564&docType=RCL

 


 

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