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Recall 17V786000

Fire Extinguisher Does Not Function Properly

Recall Details

For vehicles modified by Midwest Automotive Designs, the equipped fire extinguishers of chassis vehicles may become clogged preventing proper discharge of extinguisher contents. Dealers will replace the fire extinguisher with a different brand free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles modified by Midwest Automotive Designs, The fire extinguisher equipped with chassis vehicles may become clogged at the point of discharge, preventing proper extinguisher operation. This can increase risk of injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Sprinter or Ram must be performed by a proper servicing dealership. Midwest Automotive Designs will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in January, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact Midwest at 574-522-4878. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., December 8, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 8, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
550
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V786000
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
Midwest Automotive Designs, LLC (Midwest) is recalling certain Custom Vans and Camper Van recreational vehicles built on 2014-2017 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis and 2016-2017 RAM Promaster chassis. These vehicles are equipped with Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button 'Pindicator' fire extinguishers that may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf
Consequence
In the event of a fire, if the fire extinguisher does not function properly, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy
Midwest will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fire extinguisher with a different brand, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2018. Owners may contact Midwest customer service at 1-574-522-4878.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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