Brake Light may Randomly Illuminate/FMVSS 108 - 2018 SVI Light Rescue, Heavy Rescue, Fire Engine, Haz-Mat & Wildland Emergency Vehicles

March 1, 2019

Brake Light may Randomly Illuminate/FMVSS 108

If the brake lights incorrectly illuminate, it can confuse other drivers, possibly increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V161

Manufacturer SVI Trucks

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 16

 

Summary

SVI Trucks (SVI) is recalling certain 2018 Light Rescue, Heavy Rescue, Fire Engine, Haz-Mat and Wildland emergency vehicles equipped with Whelen brake lights. Depending on the specific wiring of the vehicle, these brake lights may illuminate when the brake pedal has not been pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

 

Remedy

SVI Trucks has notified owners and Whelen will replace the brake lights, free of charge. The recall began March 22, 2019. Owners may contact Whelen customer service at 1-860-718-2331.

 

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.


To: SVI Dealers

Re: SVI Safety Defect 19V-161

 

Please see attachments about important safety recall information regarding fire apparatus you sold in late 2018.

If you experience any difficulty obtaining the needed replacement parts or have any questions related to this safety defect, please email Rich Kunish [email protected] or phone 970-297-7056.

We apologize for any inconvenience this safety recall may cause, but your customers safety is our first concern.


March 2019

To: SVI Dealers affected by Whelen Brake Light Recall No. 18E-063 

Re: SVI Safety Defect 19V-161

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Letters have also been sent to all the owners of vehicles per attached list. Please contact owners immediately, If the brake lights incorrectly illuminate, it can confuse other drivers, possibly increasing the risk of a crash.

 

* * * IMPORTANT SAFETY DEFECT 19V-161* * *

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. SVI has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2018 SVI Trucks fire apparatus equipped with Whelen brake lights. Depending on the specific wiring of the vehicle, these brake lights may illuminate when the brake pedal has not been pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." We urge you to have the free repair performed at your selling dealership as soon as possible.

 

Recall Number and Description: 19V161 – Brake Light may Randomly Illuminate/FMVSS 108
What is the Issue? Whelen Engineering Co Inc. (Whelen) is recalling various models of accessory brake lights for use with emergency vehicles. Depending on the specific wiring of the vehicle, these brake lights may illuminate when the brake pedal has not been pressed. If the brake lights incorrectly illuminate, it can confuse other drivers, possibly increasing the risk of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." For a full list of the affected models visit:
https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCLRPT-18E063-9047.pdf
What Are We Asking You To Do? Whelen will reimburse you for any reasonable labor charges for the time needed to replace the recalled brake lights on your vehicles. A detailed labor quote should be submitted to Whelen including purchase information and product model number. The labor quote should indicate the product recall number, which is 18E-063. Labor quotes can be emailed to [email protected]whelen.com or faxed to 1-860-526-2207. If you have any questions about this recall, please call us at the number above. If you have already paid to have your Whelen recalled brake lights repaired for this condition, you may be eligible for reimbursement of the charges you paid for labor relating to the repair. To learn more about what you need to do to obtain reimbursement, please call Whelen at 1-860-718-2331 of fax the detailed labor quote, product recall number and product model number to 1-860-526- 2207.
If You Need Further Assistance. If you are the lessor of this vehicle, please forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within 10 days to comply with federal regulations.

If after having attempted to take advantage of this recall you believe you have not been able to have your fire apparatus remedied without charge and within a reasonable amount of time, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590 or call the toll-free vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-3274236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

If you experience any difficulty obtaining the needed replacement parts or have any questions related to this safety defect, please email Rich Kunich at [email protected] or 970-297-7056.

We apologize for any inconvenience this safety recall may cause, but your safety is our first concern.

The vehicle owner is responsible for having this service action performed.

SVI Trucks
3842 Redman Drive – Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA


6 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SVI TRUCKS FIRE ENGINE 2018
SVI TRUCKS HAZ-MAT 2018
SVI TRUCKS HEAVY RESCUE 2018
SVI TRUCKS LIGHT RESCUE 2018
SVI TRUCKS SVI TRUCKS 2018
SVI TRUCKS WILDLAND 2018

3 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V161-8339.PDF 214.008KB

Download (PDF, 209KB)


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V161-9442.pdf 245.002KB

Download (PDF, 239KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-19V161-9174.pdf 548.357KB

Download (PDF, 536KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V161&docType=RCL


 

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