Delay in Park Brake Engagement – 2021-2024 Alexis Fire Fire Apparatus

November 7, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V748000

Delay in Park Brake Engagement/FMVSS 121

Unintentional vehicle movement can increase the risk of a crash or injury.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V748

Manufacturer Alexis Fire Equipment Company


Potential Number of Units Affected 27



Alexis Fire Equipment Company (Alexis Fire) is recalling certain 2021-2024 Fire Apparatus vehicles built on Spartan Chassis. A defect in the inversion valve may delay park brake engagement, which could allow the vehicle to move unintentionally. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 121, “Air Brake Systems.”



Dealers will inspect and replace the inversion valves as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed November 20, 2023. Owners may contact Alexis Fire customer service at 1-309-482-6121.



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



Spartan Fire 2022-2024, Gladiator, MetroStar, FC-94 model emergency response chassis cabs.



Potential delay in the park brake setting after the park brake valve is activated caused by a defect in the inversion valve utilized by Spartan Motors. The inversion valve was determined to be out of specification but Spartan Motors is still investigating the root cause.



If the vehicle has a defective inversion valve, the park brake engagement may be intermittently delayed, not within 3 seconds and fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) number 121 “Air Brake Systems”. This may result in inadvertent vehicle movement and possible injury or crash.



We will work with you to contact your local dealer for facilitating the inspection and if your vehicle is found to have the defect, the replacement of the defective inversion valve. There is no cost to the vehicle owner for the recall remedy. The inspection and repair will take approximately 1 hour to complete. To find your nearest dealer, please visit


Chronology :

Alexis Fire Equipment was notified by Spartan Fire LLC of the possible safety defect along with the list of chassis/vehicles sold to Alexis Fire Equipment that could have the possible safety defect. All testing and decision for the safety defect recall was completed by Spartan File LLC.


4 Affected Products




3 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V748-8278.PDF 213.893KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V748-9141.pdf 704.519KB



Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-23V748-3099.pdf 203.045KB



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