ACX-2205 – Tie Rod Clamps Failure – 2022 Autocar ACX Xpeditor

September 16, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V697000

Tie Rod Clamps Failure

Separated tie rods can result in a sudden loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V697

Manufacturer Autocar, LLC

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 236



Autocar, LLC (Autocar) is recalling certain 2022 ACX (Xpeditor) trucks. The tie rod clamps may have been improperly heat-treated, causing them to fail and allowing the tie rods to separate.



Dealers will replace the tie rod clamps, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on November 11, 2022. Owners may contact Autocar’s customer service at 1-888-218-3611. Autocar’s number for this recall is ACX-2205.



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




Chronology :

August 2022 During manufacturing, Autocar personnel discovered a structural crack in a tie rod clamp and an internal investigation began. Autocar contacted Meritor regarding the concern and were informed of a heat treatment error that occurred during production of the tie rod clamp. Meritor provided a list of suspect axle serial numbers that were sold to Autocar and an immediate quarantine was set in place for the axles in Autocar inventory. September 9, 2022 all relevant information was presented to Autocar management team and Autocar decided to perform a voluntary safety recall.


1 Affected Product




2 Associated Documents

Defect Notice Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V697-1228.PDF 243.551KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V697-6282.pdf 645.729KB



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