A truck crane manufacturing company is recalling more than a thousand vehicles from a variety of model years.
The automobiles in question are AA755 and AA755L vehicles of model years between 1993 and 2004. The vehicles were made by Altec. All in all, 1,222 vehicles fall under the purview of this particular recall.
The problem has to do with the booms on the crane portion of the truck. If these instruments are constantly either overloaded or side loaded, then the lower part of the boom could potentially crack. This crack would typically occur near the lower boom pivot.
If this happens, and the operator continues to use the boom, then the entire thing could fail. Any property or persons positioned beneath the boom could suffer catastrophic damage as a result.
Although no specific date has been decided upon for the recall, Altec intends to contact the owners of the vehicles in question. Affected persons will be provided with a AA Boom stiffener kit which should fix the problem and ensure that injuries do not occur.
As a personal injury lawyer in Oakland, I’ve seen a number of defects that create a safety hazard for nearby persons. This one seems particularly egregious considering how large an area could be affected by a falling boom. It’s my hope as an auto accident lawyer in Oakland that the issue gets fixed before any bystanders are injured by this defect.