Potential Axle Spindle Weld Failure – 2018 American Hauler Air-Lite, Arrow, Falcon/XC & Night Hawk Cargo Trailers

August 7, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V463000

Potential Axle Spindle Weld Failure

A failure of the axle increases the risk of crash and/or injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V463

Manufacturer American Hauler

Components SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected 64

 

Summary

American Hauler is recalling certain 2018 Air-Lite, Arrow, Falcon/XC and Night Hawk cargo trailers equipped with Dexter D52 axles. The axles of these trailers may have spindle weld failures.

 

Remedy

American Hauler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the axles and replace them if necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Dexter Axle at 574-295-7888.

 

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.

 


IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL

 

NHTSA Safety Recall: RCAK-20V463-6068

Date: September 23, 2020

VIA MAIL

 

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

This Notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the United States National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

 

REASON FOR THE RECALL 

American Cargo Group has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2018 Air-Lite, Arrow, Falcon/XC and Night Hawk cargo trailers equipped with Dexter D52 axles.  Our records indicate that your vehicle is included in the affected population of vehicles.

 

On or about March 2020 Dexter Axle notified American Cargo Group, that they were issuing a voluntary recall on their D52 Axle Model sold to us between July 2018 and Aug. 2018. There is a potential spindle weld failure which could cause the axle to fall off and result in personal injury, property damage or both.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO 

Observe the axle serial number engraved into the back of the axle tube. The axle serial number will be a 9-digit number. If the axle serial number is 133158559, the axle is considered suspect and will need to be replaced.

 

If your inspection is complete and the axles inspected are not part of the suspect serial number, you may submit an invoice to Dexter for the inspection and processing time. For immediate processing of your recall inspection, please send a copy of your invoice tous0004-recall@dexteraxle.com. The following information will be required on your invoice:

 

1) Submitter contact information

2) Inspected unit VIN number

3) Dexter Axle Serial Number(s)

 

If an authorized dealer for any reason is unable to remedy the situation without charge, or within a reasonable amount of time, pursuant to law 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301, you may submit a complaint to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590 or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1800-424-9153); or go to https://www.safercar.gov.

 

Regards,

 

Vicki Kelich

Customer Service Manager

American Cargo Group

 


4 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
AMERICAN HAULER AIR-LITE 2018
AMERICAN HAULER ARROW 2018
AMERICAN HAULER FALCON/XC 2018
AMERICAN HAULER NIGHT HAWK 2018

 


6 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-20V463-6619.PDF 215.086KB

RCLRPT-20V463-6619

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20V463-6068.pdf 244.765KB

RCAK-20V463-6068

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-20V463-9736.pdf 108.541KB

RCONL-20V463-9736

 


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2020-3

RCLQRT-20V463-4930.PDF 211.117KB

RCLQRT-20V463-4930

 


Recall 573 Report- Amendment 2

RCLRPT-20V463-3472.PDF 215.534KB

RCLRPT-20V463-3472

 


Recall 573 Report- Amendment 2

RCLRPT-20V463-8816.PDF 215.534KB

RCLRPT-20V463-8816

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=20V463&docType=RCL

 


 

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