Reinke Manufacturing Company Incorporated, at the request of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has announced a voluntary recall for more than 500 of its intermodal chassis frames due to a possible manufacturing defect. The intermodal chassis frames affected by this recall were distributed in model years 2010 through 2013, and specific models may have been equipped with insufficiently torqued spindle nuts or a missing or incorrectly installed spindle nut securing locking ring, which may cause wheel separation. In the event that the wheel becomes separated from the intermodal chassis, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the likelihood that the vehicle may become involved in an accident that could lead to severe injury or death. Additionally, the separated wheel may roll into the path of oncoming traffic, creating even more possibilities for a collision to occur. Reinke Manufacturing Company plans to begin notifying consumers affected by this recall of the potential safety issues in the near future. The auto parts manufacturer will repair defective intermodal chasses at no cost to the vehicle component’s owners.
As a car accident attorney in Oakland, I hope this recall is carried out quickly and effectively in order to reduce the possibility that this safety issue causes anyone physical harm or property damage. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident linked to a defective auto part, please consider contacting a Oakland personal injury lawyer.