2006-2021 Utility Trailer VS2DC, VS2DX, VS3DX Trailers SB-07-015 Missing Horizontal Weld

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April 7, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V243000

Missing Horizontal Weld

Without the weld, the slider rail may detach from the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V243

Manufacturer Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company

Components STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,752



Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company (Utility Trailer) is recalling certain 2006-2021 VS2DC, VS2DX, VS3DX trailers. The horizontal weld that attaches a mild steel angle to the slider rail for super doubles/pintle hook operations may be missing.



Utility Trailer will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, add the weld, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on April 9, 2021. Owners may contact Utility Trailer customer service at 1-800-423-6591. Utility Trailer’s number for this recall is SB-07-015.



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.


SB -07-015

April 7, 2021


Super Doubles Trailers| Trailers Manufactured out of Glade Springs, VA between Jan 2006 to May 2021 


RECALL NOTICE: Trailers manufactured out of Glade Springs, VA factory for Super Doubles operation may be missing a horizontal weld attaching a mild steel angle to the slider rail just above the pintle hook tube assembly.


Inspect if weld is present. Weld can be located on the INSIDE (between the slider rails) or OUTSIDE. If weld is not present, ok to apply ¼” weld full length as shown to OUTSIDE mating surface of mild steel angle to slider rail.


1. Slider rai ls

2. End plate

3. Gusset reinforcement

4. Mild steel angle reinforcing

5. Gusset slider rail to vertical

6. Vertical


Customers and lessees can schedule with local Utility Service for inspection and adding the weld.  File recall claims with Utility Field Service for reimbursement of labor time and weld materials (inspection .25hrs + adding weld 2hrs).


Any further questions should be directed to Utility’s Field Service Department at 1(800) 423-6591.


Field Service Department



UTM Reference: SB-07-015

NHTSA Reference #21-001387-25843-10


April 07, 2021




Subject: Missing Weld on Mild Steel Angle – Super Doubles


Dear Customer:


This letter is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor

Vehicle Safety Act.  Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. [“Utility”], in consultation with the National Highway Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Administration, has decided to notify its customers of non-compliance on 2006-2021Dry Van trailers manufactured out of our Glade Springs, VA factory.  Said trailer group would be equipped for Super Doubles operation.  In response to this situation, Utility is initiating a voluntary Non-Compliance Recall to address the potential defect.


Affected trailers:

This Non-Compliance Recall includes VS2DC, VS2DX and VS3DX produced out of Glade Springs, VA between 01.25.2006 – 03.30.2021 and would be equipped for super doubles operation.


The problem:

A horizontal weld attaching a mild steel angle to the slider rail above the pintle hook tube assembly may be missing.  The missing weld may decrease the operating life of the pintle hook assembly.


You are receiving this notice because Utility’s records show you as the purchaser of one or more of the affected trailers.

  • Attached is a list of your trailers’ VIN


What you should do:

Take your trailer to the closest Utility Trailer Dealer for inspection and remedy.


If you need help:

If you have any questions or concerns that your dealer is unable to resolve, please call Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. / Field Service Department at 800-423-6591.


If after having attempted to take advantage of this recall you believe you have not been serviced according to this bulletin 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 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to https://www.safercar.gov.


If you are the lessor of this vehicle:

Please forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within ten days to comply with federal regulations.


We apologize for any inconvenience this Non-Compliance.




Utility Trailer Manufacture Co. / Field Service Department


48 Affected Products




6 Associated Documents

Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V243-5295.pdf 154.815KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V243-9665.pdf 154.815KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-21V243-9382.pdf 253.907KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V243-8676.PDF 213.749KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V243-6816.pdf 646.005KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-3

RCLQRT-21V243-6243.PDF 211.231KB

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