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

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 are expected to be mailed February 10, 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.

 


Chronology :

After receiving recent claims regarding the failure of the king pin in some of ABS’ semi-trailers, ABS has investigated the cause of said failures.

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

 


2 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V005-1295.PDF 216.294KB

RCLRPT-23V005-1295

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V005-7649.pdf 645.994KB

RCAK-23V005-7649

 


Latest Recalls Documents

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

 


 

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