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Thursday, April 10, 2008

BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS RECALLS PARKING BRAKE ON SCHOOL AND TRANSIT BUSES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
BENDIX / SR-7
9999
Manufacturer : BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC Mfr's Report Date : JUN 07, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07E037000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 159294
Summary:
 CERTAIN BENDIX SR-7 SPRING BRAKE MODULATING VALVES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 4, 2005, AND APRIL 17, 2007, INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL AND TRANSIT BUSES AND HEAVY TRUCKS ALSO SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT. DUE TO A MANUFACTURING DEFECT IN THE INTERNAL RUBBER CHECK VALVE INSIDE THE SR-7 SPRING BRAKE MODULATING VALVES. THE VALVES CAN BECOME DEFORMED AND NOT SEAT PROPERLY.
Consequence:
 THIS CONDITION WILL RESULT IN LEAKAGE AND CAUSE A DELAY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE SPRING BRAKE WITHOUT WARNING, POSSIBLY LEADING TO UNINTENDED VEHICLE ROLLAWAY WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR DEATH.
Remedy:
 BENDIX WILL NOTIFY THE OWNERS OF THE AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOTIFY THEIR OWNERS. BENDIX WILL REPAIR THE AFFECTED VALVES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 24, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BENDIX AT 440-329-9000.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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