21434 – Incorrectly Designed Rear Impact Guard – 2013-2023 McElrath Trailers VX75 Xcel Vacuum Excavator Trailers

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January 13, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V008000

Incorrectly Designed Rear Impact Guard/FMVSS 224

Incorrect placement of the taillights may reduce the visibility of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash. During a crash, a vehicle that travels under the rear of the trailer increases the risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V008

Manufacturer Gratimax, LLC

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING, STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected 31

 

Summary

Gratimax, LLC (Gratimax) is recalling certain 2013-2023 McElrath Trailers VX75 Xcel vacuum excavator trailers. The design of the rear impact guard resulted in the incorrect placement of the taillights. In addition, the guard may fail to prevent a vehicle from traveling under the trailer during a rear impact crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard numbers 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment” and 224, “Rear Impact Protection.”

 

Remedy

Dealers will reposition the taillights and modify the rear impact guard, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed March 17, 2023. Owners may contact Gratimax customer service at 1-864-814-2220. Gratimax’s number for this recall is 21434.

 

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.

 


7 March 2023

FIELD CAMPAIGN SERVICE BULLETIN #: SMV2023-013

Rear Impact Guard and Lighting Kit (VMV000056)

 

Background:

Vermeer MV Solutions, Inc. has decided that a defect that relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain model year 2013 – 2021 McLaughlin or Vermeer «MODEL» vacuum excavator.

REAR IMPACT GUARD AND LIGHTING NONCOMPLIANCE

Affected vacuum excavation trailers were designed with rear impact guards and lighting that do not conform to the requirements of FMVSS 223, 224 and 108.

 

Solution:

IMMEDIATE MACHINE MODIFICATIONS REQUIRED

VMV000056 has been created to provide the necessary parts and instructions to bring the rear impact guards and lighting into compliance with the requirements of FMVSS 223, 224 and 108. The kit must be installed as soon as possible.

Vermeer Corporation is administering this campaign on behalf of Vermeer MV Solutions, Inc.

 

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7 March 2023

FIELD CAMPAIGN KIT #: VMV000056

Rear Impact Guard and Lighting Kit

Purpose:

This kit includes parts and instructions to develop and produce kits that will include necessary parts to achieve compliance with S5, FMVSS 108 and 224, while maintaining compliance with S5, FMVSS 223.

 

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Chronology :

On December 8, 2022, Gratimax was notified by its customer, Vermeer MV Solutions, Inc., of a possible compliance issue relating to the design of the affected trailers. An investigation of the design was opened at that time, including review of applicable regulations, standards, manufacturing documents, and design files, and production of the affected trailers was placed on hold. On January 4, 2023, Gratimax decided that a non-compliance with FMVSS 108 and 224 existed.

 


11 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
MCELRATH TRAILERS VX75 XCEL 2013-2023

 


13 Associated Documents

Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V008-7288.PDF 216.399KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V008-7199.pdf 645.569KB

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Recall 573 Report – February 28, 2023

RCLRPT-23V008-5127.PDF 218.009KB

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Recall 573 Report – February 28, 2023

RCLRPT-23V008-7019.PDF 218.01KB

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Safety Bulletin

RCSB-23V008-9082.pdf 494.529KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V008-2840.pdf 2748.421KB

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Part 577 Owner Notification Envelope

RONE-23V008-7337.pdf 145.483KB

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Part 577 Owner Notification Envelope

RONE-23V008-8523.pdf 98.14KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-23V008-9241.pdf 245.934KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-1

RCLQRT-23V008-4731.PDF 211.131KB

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Recall 573 Report – 05/01/2023

RCLRPT-23V008-6503.PDF 218.096KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-2

RCLQRT-23V008-3809.PDF 211.23KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-3

RCLQRT-23V008-1960.PDF 211.447KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most Recent Recalls Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V008&docType=RCL

 


 

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