20005 – Park Brake Control Air Line May Loosen – 2019-2020 Spartan Fire Gladiator & MetroStar Emergency Vehicles

March 10, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V138000

Park Brake Control Air Line May Loosen

If the park brake is applied while the vehicle is in motion, the vehicle may suddenly decelerate and experience a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V138

Manufacturer Spartan Fire, LLC

Components PARKING BRAKE

Potential Number of Units Affected 86

 

Summary

Spartan Motors USA (Spartan) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Fire Gladiator and MetroStar Emergency vehicles. The park brake control line may loosen and separate, possibly causing the park brake to be unintentionally applied.

 

Remedy

Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the fitting control line, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 26, 2020. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-5008. Spartan’s number for this recall is 20005.

 

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.

 


Recall Service Bulletin

DATE: 03-25-20
APPLIES TO: This Recall service bulletin applies to 2019 through 2020 model year, Gladiator and Metro Star model emergency response chassis cabs built between October 14, 2019 and February 6, 2020.
NHTSA/TC Id: 20V138
CONDITION: Park brake valve airline compression rings may not be compressed tight enough.
CORRECTION: Inspect to ensure compression ring is compressed tightly around each park brake valve airline.  If not compressed tightly, remove old compression ring and replace.
LABOR ALLOCATION: 1.0 hour
CLASSIFICATION: M3

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Thoroughly review entire service bulletin before starting work. If there are questions or concerns with steps defined in this service bulletin, contact Spartan Fire, LCC. Customer & Product Support Group.

All applicable industry safety standards must be followed when performing work identified in this procedure.

 

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  1. Locate park brake valve under center dash or shift pad. Refer to FIG 3.1.

 

  1. Label each airline at park brake valve to ensure proper reconnection.

 

  1. Remove the brass nut securing each airline on park brake valves and inspect each compression ring to determine if ring is compressed tightly around airline. Refer to FIG 3.2.

 

Note: If the compression nut was tightened properly the airline will not easily pull from the fitting and will have a noticeable “crimp” around the ring caused from the nut tightening around it. If the airline does not pull from the fitting, skip to step 7.

 

  1. If compression ring is not compressed tightly around airline, pull the airline from the fitting, cut the airline, ensuring a straight cut is made, directly below compression ring and discard old ring.

 

  1. Install compression nut onto airline and then slide the new compression ring onto airline.

 

  1. Reinstall airlines to their respective park brake valve ports by inserting the airline into the fittings until the airline bottoms out inside the fitting and stops.

 

  1. Reinstall the the compression nut onto fitting until it is finger tight.

 

  1. Once finger tight:
    1. For “NEW” compression ring installed, tighten nut with wrench four complete turns.
    2. If original compression ring was found to be compressed tight per Step 3 and is being reused, tighten nut with a wrench until no more than 1 thread is showing under the compression nut. Refer to FIG 3.3.

 

FIG 3.1

Compression ring properly compressed around airline shows a crimp. Difficult to pull from fitting.

FIG 3.2

No more than 1 thread showing when fully tight/compressed

FIG 3.3

 


4 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SPARTAN GLADIATOR 2019-2020
SPARTAN METROSTAR 2019-2020

 


7 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20V138-8709.pdf 244.184KB

RCAK-20V138-8709

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-20V138-7540.PDF 212.787KB

RCLRPT-20V138-7540

 


Recall 573 Report- Amendment 1

RCLRPT-20V138-8037.PDF 213.381KB

RCLRPT-20V138-8037

 


Safety Bulletin

RCSB-20V138-3814.pdf 1256.394KB

RCSB-20V138-3814

 


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2020-1

RCLQRT-20V138-5921.PDF 211.126KB

RCLQRT-20V138-5921

 


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2020-2

RCLQRT-20V138-7851.PDF 211.221KB

RCLQRT-20V138-7851

 


Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2020-4

RCLQRT-20V138-0587.PDF 211.424KB

RCLQRT-20V138-0587

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=20V138&docType=RCL

 


 

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