Ford Recalls 8,400 Louisville's and Aeromax'
Recall From: Ford Motor Company
Ford Louisville Year: 1998 Ford Aeromax Year: 1998
Number Involved: 8,400
Dates of Manufacture: November 1996 - December 1997
Noncompliance: Certain medium duty trucks equipped with tandem rear axles and ABS fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, "Air Brake Systems." The air brake system was built without complete isolation of the air reservoir tanks. Some vehicles were built with an air line from the system ECU Relay Valve Module tee fitting incorrectly connected to the system supply tank, rather than the system auxiliary primary tank. A leakage or failure can cause a pressure loss in the secondary tank, resulting in also draining of the primary tank, and thus a complete loss of vehicle system air pressure. This could lead to brake failure and a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect the vehicle to determine whether the vehicle has the incorrectly routed air line. Those with the condition will be correctly plumbed and the air brake system tested to verify proper reservoir isolation. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Dec. 4, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 00V335/Ford Recall No. 00S34]