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Recalls - 1996 SPARTAN ALPINE

What is a recall? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, generally in cooperation with the vehicle manufacturer, issues recalls when a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment (including tires) does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or when there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment. Work dictated by a recall is generally completed at no charge to the vehicle owner, regardless of whether you are the first owner or a subsequent owner. Please contact your service facilities for additional details and to confirm that this recall is relevant to your particular vehicle.

Component Description

STEERING:WHEEL AND HANDLE BAR

Recall Number

96V014000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

INTERMITTENT DISRUPTION OF THE FUNCTIONS CONTROLLED BY THE STEERING WHEEL CENTER TOUCH PAD CAN OCCUR CAUSED BY ELECTRICAL SHORTAGE INSIDE THE STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY. THIS DOES NOT CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 104, "WINDHSIELD WIPING AND WASHING SYSTEMS;" AND NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."

Defect Consequence

CONSEQUENCE OF NON-COMPLIANCE: THIS CONDITION CAN CAUSE IMPROPER OPERATION OF THE FUNCTIONS CONTROLLED BY THE TOUCH PAD. THE FUNCTION (1) FAILS TO OPERATE; (2) OPERATES INTERMITTENTLY; OR (3) OPERATES UNEXPECTEDLY, I.E. A FUNCTION COMES ON WITHOUT BEING SWITCHED ON. ANY OF THESE COULD DISTRACT A DRIVER INCREASING THE POTENTIAL FOR AN ACCIDENT.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE STEERING WHEEL CENTER CONTROL ASSEMBLIES TO ELIMINATE THE ELECTRICAL SHORTING.

Notes

SYSTEM: STEERING WHEEL AND COLUMN; FMVSS NOS. 104 AND 108. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CLASS A MOTOR HOME CHASSIS, GVWR 23,000 TO 31,000 POUNDS, EQUIPPED WITH A "VIP" STEERING WHEEL WITH CENTER CONTROLS (ALSO CALLED THE "SMARTWHEEL" OR "INTELLIWHEEL"). NOTE: OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, SHOULD CONTACT SPARTAN AT 1-800-722-3025. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.


Component Description

STEERING:LINKAGES:LINK:DRAG:CONNECTION

Recall Number

96V081000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

THE DRAGLINKS HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED WITH AN ANTI-TILT SEAL ON THE PITMAN END THAT CAN AFFECT THE TAPER FIT OF THE BALL STUD TAPER INTO THE PITMAN ARM. THE RECOMMENDED TORQUE ON THE STUD NUT DOES NOT OVERCOME THE COMPRESSION OF THE ANTI-TILT SEAL.

Defect Consequence

THIS CONDITION CAN CAUSE A LOOSENING OF THE JOINT AND ULTIMATE SEPARATION RESULTING IN LOSS OF STEERING.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS WILL REPLACE WASHERS WITH 90 DEGREE FLANGES WITH WASHERS HAVING A 45 DEGREE FLANGE AND SANDWICH THE RUBBER BUSHING IN THE ANTI-TILT SEAL. THE FLANGES ALLOW THE BUSHING TO PROPERLY EXPAND. IF A BODY HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON THE CHASSIS, THE PITMAN ARM WILL ALSO BE REPLACED.

Notes

SYSTEM: STEERING; LINKAGES; LINK; DRAG. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: TYPE A MOTORHOMES WITH GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATINGS (GVWR) FROM 19,000 TO 36,000 LBS. AND TRANSIT BUS CHASSIS OR SPECIALITY TRUCKS WITH GVWR FROM 18,000 TO 36,000 LBS. EQUIPPED WITH TRW DRAGLINK ASSEMBLY. NOTE: OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN MAY 10, 1996. NOTE: OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME, SHOULD CONTACT SPARTAN AT 1-800-722-3025. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.


Component Description

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Recall Number

96V201000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

THE ECO-CRUISE ACTUATOR CAN BIND THE THROTTLE.

Defect Consequence

IF THE ACTUATOR BINDS, ENGINE SPEED MAY NOT DECREASE TO THE LEVEL ANTICIPATED BY THE OPERATOR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE ACCIDENT.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS WILL REMOVE THESE ACTUATORS UNTIL NEW OR REMANUFACTURED UNITS CAN BE SUPPLIED.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION: OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN NOVEMBER 25, 1996. NOTE: OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SPARTAN AT 1-800-543-4277. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.


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