King Pin May Fail Causing Trailer to Detach – 2014-2023 ABS Remorques RC, WC, LRC, & LWC Semi-Trailers

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January 13, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V005000

King Pin May Fail Causing Trailer to Detach

A detached trailer cannot be controlled and may overturn or obstruct the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V005

Manufacturer ABS Remorques

Components SUSPENSION, TRAILER HITCHES

Potential Number of Units Affected 23

 

Summary

ABS Remorques (ABS) is recalling certain 2014-2023 RC, WC, LRC, and LWC semi-trailers. The coupling plate may deteriorate, resulting in failure of the king pin and trailer detachment.

 

Remedy

Semi-trailer owners are advised to inspect for any coupling plate or king pin damage prior to operation. If damage is found, owners should not operate the trailer until it has been repaired. ABS authorized service facilities will replace the coupling plates, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed March 2, 2023. Owners may contact ABS customer service at 819-879-6216.

 

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.

 


REP-A-12

Coupling Plate Replacement Procedure

Coupling plate replacement on ABS trailers MY2014 to MY2023

 

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Chronology :

September 2nd, 2022: ABS is informed that a king pin has failed on one of its units resulting from a problem with the coupling plate, but no death or injury has occurred. The repairs are made, and an analysis is requested on said coupling plate, but no results are obtained by the external lab because of the corrosion of the semitrailer.

November 16th, 2022: ABS is informed that another unit has suffered from the same defect as previously mentioned, again without any death or injury. Repairs are subsequently made, and an in-depth investigation begins on other semi-trailers to evaluate the problem. Following various visual inspections on ABS ‘semitrailers by ABS’ warranty and engineering team, ABS started doubting the robustness of the coupling plate.

In December 2022 and January 2023, ABS, upon further investigation and reviews, conducted an analysis of the coupling plate and the king pin, and determined that the coupling plate was not robust enough to withstand loads which may occur in this configuration. Redesign activities were initiated to design a coupling plate that will be able to withstand loads based on collected road load data.

On January 10, 2023, ABS determined that a safety recall is warranted for some of its trailers.

 


40 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
ABS REMORQUES LRC 2014-2023
ABS REMORQUES LWC 2014-2023
ABS REMORQUES RC 2014-2023
ABS REMORQUES WC 2014-2023

 


9 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V005-1295.PDF 216.294KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V005-7649.pdf 652.002KB

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Recall 573 Report – 1/31/23

RCLRPT-23V005-1416.PDF 217.196KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V005-2994.pdf 392.726KB

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Recall 573 Report – February 7, 2023

RCLRPT-23V005-6032.PDF 217.198KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577) – Redacted

RCONL-23V005-8634.pdf 221.129KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-2

RCLQRT-23V005-7084.PDF 211.211KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-1

RCLQRT-23V005-9862.PDF 211.211KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-3

RCLQRT-23V005-7613.PDF 211.427KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V005&docType=RCL

 


 

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