Ejector Welds May Fail – 2021-2023 McNeilus Zero Radius Trucks

September 23, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V716000

Ejector Welds May Fail

A hydraulic cylinder that penetrates the side of a truck body increases the risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V716

Manufacturer McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,187

 

Summary

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. (McNeilus) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Zero Radius trucks. The ejector welds may fail, causing pressure and force to be placed on the hydraulic cylinder, which can cause it to penetrate through the side of the truck body.

 

Remedy

McNeilus will either send service representatives to repair affected vehicles or ship parts to customers, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on November 21, 2022. Owners may contact McNeilus’ customer service at 1-888-686-7278.

 

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.

 


Chronology :

In June 2022, McNeilus received a report of a truck that had a hydraulic cylinder penetrate through the side of the truck body. McNeilus reviewed the incident, and it was believed to be an isolate event as McNeilus had not previously received any similar reports.

In July 2022, McNeilus received a report relating to a different truck describing a similar situation and initiated a detailed investigation in conjunction with the parts supplier. The investigation remained ongoing through September 2022, during which McNeilus conducted a thorough review and audit of the parts supplier’s manufacturing processes and facilities and failure modes. The investigation found that the ejector being produced by the supplier was not being produced to McNeilus’ internal specifications including because the ejector was missing welds, the welds were of poor quality or incorrectly sized.

In August 2022, the supplier made an update to its processes to ensure McNeilus’ specifications for the welds were being met in production. McNeilus continued to review the issue including the factors affecting whether and how the ejector welds could separate and the potential consequences of an ejector weld failing, in particular the points on the truck body at which the hydraulic cylinder was located and could possibly penetrate the body.

On September 19, 2022, McNeilus decided to conduct a recall to address affected vehicles in the field. McNeilus is not aware of any injuries potentially related to this condition. While refuse truck operators do not conduct operations near this area of the truck, there remains some possibility that individuals could be located around the side of the truck and if they were to be present at the time of a failure, this could increase the risk of injury.

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
MCNEILUS ZERO RADIUS 2021-2023

 


2 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V716-9974.pdf 646.245KB

RCAK-22V716-9974

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V716-9692.PDF 242.595KB

RCLRPT-22V716-9692

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V716&docType=RCL

 


 

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