CA-000-051 – Inadequate Clearance May Damage CNG Tank – 2022 Vicinity VI35 Transit Buses

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February 9, 2024 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 24V092000

Inadequate Clearance May Damage CNG Tank

A damaged tank can leak natural gas, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 24V092

Manufacturer Vicinity Motor Corporation

Components FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER

Potential Number of Units Affected 14

 

Summary

Vicinity Motor Corporation (Vicinity) is recalling certain 2022 Vi35 transit buses. Inadequate clearance may allow the CNG tanks to contact the supporting mounting structure and/or safety cables, damaging the tanks.

 

Remedy

As an interim repair, dealers will inspect and adjust the mounting structure. If the vehicle’s mounting structure cannot be adjusted, owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the supporting member is replaced. When the final repair is available, dealers will inspect, secure the safety cables, install protective material on the tank, and replace the mounting structure and CNG tanks as necessary, free of charge. Interim owner notification letters explaining the safety risk are expected to be mailed in February 2024. A second notice will be sent once remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Vicinity customer service at 1-604-607-4000. Vicinity’s number for this recall is CA-000-051.

 

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.safercar.gov.

 


Chronology :

Monday, October 16, 2023
VMC Team’s meeting with customer. Customer raised concerns about CNG tank showing signs of rubbing.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
VMC Engineering visits local customer experiencing issue to obtain data.

Thursday, October 19, 2023
VMC commenced working on interim fix for CNG tank.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
CNG Fuel Tank Discussion between customer and VMC.

Friday, November 3, 2023
VMC attends meeting with CNG tank supplier (Luxfer) to obtain information on how to identify faulty CNG tanks.

Monday, November 6, 2023
VMC attends meeting with CNG tank supplier (Luxfer) to further discuss repair methods.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
VMC attends meeting with CNG tank supplier (Luxfer) to obtain information on approved repair methods.

Friday, November 17, 2023
VMC updates customer with additional findings on possible root causes.

Thursday, November 23, 2023
CNG Cradle Re Work Meeting between VMC and customer.

Friday, December 1, 2023
CNG Cradle Adjustment Meeting between VMC and customer.

Thursday, December 7, 2023
VMC Engineering visits customer on Vancouver Island to further investigate issue regarding cradle adjustments.

Friday, December 15, 2023
CNG Updates Meeting – Internal VMC Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
VMC Engineering informs Transport Canada of defect and acquires Transport Canada recall number.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
VMC Engineering informs NHTSA of defect and acquires NHTSA recall number for Vi33 Models.

Thursday, February 8, 2024
VMC Engineering informs NHTSA of defect and acquires NHTSA recall number for Vi35 Models.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
VICINITY VI35 2022

 


2 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-24V092-5161.pdf 689.572KB

 


Recall 573 Report – Defect Notice

RCLRPT-24V092-8053.PDF 216.022KB

 


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=24V092&docType=RCL

 


 

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