Autocar Recalls Xspotter Trucks to Fix Steering Column Defect

September 19, 2016 by Clarissa Hawes

Autocar Industries is recalling 294 Xspotter trucks because a bad weld that connects the steering wheel to the steering mechanism could fail, causing the driver to lose control of vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA said the defect occurred when “a low voltage situation occurred during welding by the supplier, which resulted in poor fusion of the two components.”

The company said the steering column may break “causing a separation from the steering wheel from the steering system, creating a loss of steering ability” on a certain model year of its 2016-2017 vehicles.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured from Aug. 3, 2015 to April 21. Trucks built after April 21 do not contain the defective part, according to Autocar.

A safety recall notice posted by NHTSA said the problem affects all of the Xspotters built during that time period.

Autocar, which is headquartered in Hagerstown, Ind., will begin notifying owners and dealers “will inspect the steering columns and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to start in early October.

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