NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V029
Manufacturer TOR Truck Company
Components VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected 2
If the mechanical power spring fails prematurely causing the accelerator pedal not to return to idle, it can increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
TOR Truck Company (TOR) is recalling certain model year 2008 DR8490 drilling rog carrier vehicles, manufactured January 1, 2008, to June 1, 2008. In the affected vehicles the accelerator pedal mechanical power spring, may fail prematurely. This could cause the accelerator pedal to not return to idle position.
TOR will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the accelerator if stamped with a suspect serial number, free of charge. The recall began January 28, 2015. Owners may contact TOR customer service at 1-514-912-0053.
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.safercar.gov.
January 28, 2015
Submitted via email to :
Subject : Safety recall TOR-5: Watson / MJ ELECTRIC
On behalf of RPM Tech / Tor Truck, I want to inform you that a safety related defect was determined to exist on certain TOR Truck vehicles. The issue is on a limited number of accelerator pedals where the mechanical power spring, which is an integral part of the accelerator pedal, may prematurely fail. To our knowledge, there have been no reports of vehicle crashes associated with this defect; therefore, TOR Truck views this as a preventive measure.
TOR Truck will administer a voluntary safety recall to inspect and replace the suspect accelerator pedals as required on the affected vehicles. Details on this recall are specified in the following DEFECT REPORT. According to our records, only two trucks would be subject to this recall. One of them would have been sold to MJ Electric.
TOR Truck will provide, free of charges, new accelerator pedals for those two trucks should you wish to proceed with the recall (i.e. the replacement of the suspected defective part). We would need to know if said two vehicles are still in service. Also, please provide us contact name and detailed address where we should send the replacement parts and related replacement information.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Best regards,
Richard D Daneau
Executive Vice President
Tel : 514-912-0053
Email :[email protected]
c.c. : M. Sylvain Lampron, RPM Tech Inc Mr. Scooter Scogins, Watson Inc
Recall Campaign Number: NS TOR-5
Subject: Accelerator Pedal Power Spring
TOR Truck Corporation a division of RPM TECH Inc.
14100 SW 72nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97224
Williams’ product number: WM526351571 or
TOR Truck’s product #: 501105-5 RPM
Models/ Model years:
Certain vehicles manufactured in spring 2008 with TOR part number 501105-5RPM (William Controls PN WM526351571)
Selection of vehicles was based on delivery information from William Controls and TOR’s part usage records.
Affected units (vehicles) are:
|Model||Model year||TOR Serial #||Truck Final assembler||End user|
|DR8490||2008||2387RPM||Watson Inc||MJ Electruc|
There are 2 suspect pedals that were sold to TOR Truck. A review of production date revealed that there are 2 vehicles that were sold in the United States that may have received a suspect accelerator pedal.
The percentage of the population containing the defect is unknown.
Description of the defect:
Mechanical springs are used to return the accelerator pedal to idle when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal. On the suspect pedals, the edge of the raw material that was used to make the spring may have a poor edge condition that can result in a local stress riser and a fracture origination point. As a result, a crack may occur that can lead to a broken spring.
There are two springs : therefore, both springs would have to fail to present a risk.
If both springs were to fail, it could result in the pedal not returning to idle. If this occurs, it may present a risk of a vehicle crash under certain conditions if the driver does not have the time to take action by disengaging the transmission (by applying the clutch pedal and switching to neutral gear) applying the service brakes, applying the park brake, or cutting off the ignition key.
Nov 2014 : TOR truck is informed by NHTSA of the potential accelerator pedal defects
Nov 5, 2014 : Williams Controls informs that TOR Truck has received 2 pedals with suspect springs.
Nov 12, 2014 : Tor Truck informs NHTSA and creates internet account on NHTSA Recalls Portal
Dec 2nd, 2014 : Safety recall tor-5 sent to Watson Inc.
Jan 28, 2015: Final customer information obtained from Watson. Final customer informed about Safety recall.
Since vehicle startup date in 2008, no warranty claims were received by TOR Truck.
To date, no accidents, injuries nor fatalities have been reported.
Description of the remedy
The recall repair will involve inspection and replacement if the part is stamped with a suspect serial number
Reimbursement for cost incurred by the owner for pre-notification remedies will be addressed on a case-per-case basis according to TOR Truck Base warranty Statement.