VS2DX Dry Vans Recalled for Brake Defect That Poses Crash Risk

Posted on July 2, 2012

A small set of vans is being recalled because of a possible defect affecting the vehicles.

Utility Manufacturing Company, the maker of the affected vehicles, announced the recall, which concerns VS2DX Dry Vans of the 2013 model year.  Each of the vehicles being recalled was made between May 16 and June 13 of this year.  A somewhat minuscule 16 vans fall within the bounds of this recall announcement.

The 16 vehicles mentioned are in breach of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121, which governs air brake systems.  The violation of this regulation arises from the improper installation of a check valve on the brake system.  This error creates a delay in brakes being applied when the driver presses down on the brake pedal.  Clearly, this would endeavor to cause the vehicles not to stop in an acceptable timeframe, and the lengthened stopping distance that results poses a greater risk that a crash will take place.

Utility will not be sending out an alert to the people who own this vehicle.  This is not due to a blatant disregard to safety, but rather because they have reportedly already gotten in touch with affected persons and retrofitted the vehicles accordingly.  This was done without cost to the vehicles’ owners.  Anyone with questions should give Utility a call.

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