23E095 – HAUX 2023-01 – Axle Spindles May Fracture – Hendrickson COMPOSILITE EXS20 & SC20 Lift Axles

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December 18, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23E095000

Axle Spindles May Fracture

Incorrect installation can allow lubricant to leak, causing the axle spindles to loosen or fracture and increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23E095

Manufacturer Hendrickson USA. L.L.C.

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 131

 

Summary

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C. (Hendrickson) is recalling certain COMPOSILITE EXS20 and SC20 Lift Axles. The bearing journals may not be fully seated in the steering knuckle assemblies, preventing the proper installation of the wheel end hub assemblies.

 

Remedy

Hendrickson will work with its affected manufacturers to help facilitate the inspection and replacement of the steering knuckle assemblies as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Hendrickson customer service at 1-630-773-9111. Hendrickson’s number for this recall is HAUX 2023-01.

 

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 :

09/21/2023 – Hendrickson manufacturing group first learned of difficulty during its assembly process with installing steering knuckle assembly components and certain adjacent parts on a particular lift axle suspension assembly.

09/21/2023 – Hendrickson encountered non buildable assembly issues on other Air Disk Brake lift axle suspension assemblies. Determined the issue was associated with bearing journals not being fully seated on steering knuckle assembly components.

11/07/2023– Hendrickson engineering continued its investigation, testing, and analysis as to how the subject condition may affect the operating condition and performance of lift axle suspension assemblies in the field. Determined scope and details associated with proposed field inspection instructions and, based on inspection results, what components should be replaced on affected steering knuckle assembly components and/or complete lift axle suspension assemblies shipped to applicable customers.

11/13/2023 – Hendrickson began conferring with its other applicable vehicle manufacturer customers about the subject condition, the affected steering knuckle assembly components and/or complete lift axle suspension assemblies, proposed field inspection process, and proposed replacement of applicable components.

 


1 Affected Product

Equipment

BRAND PART NO. PRODUCTION DATES
HENDRICKSON COMPOSILITE

 


2 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23E095-9568.PDF 217.306KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23E095-7641.pdf 792.548KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23E095&docType=RCL

 


 

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