Emergency Vehicles Recalled for Faulty Parking Brake

CHARLOTTE, Mich – Spartan Fire, LLC has agreed to recall certain model-year 2021-2024 emergency vehicle cab-chassis-based units due to a potentially defective parking brake system.

The 659 emergency-response vehicles, built between June 1, 2022, and June 14, 2023, included within the recall are:

  • 156 Gladiator trucks
  • 311 Metro Star trucks
  • 180 FC trucks
  • 12 KME trucks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-631, the problem involves the parking brake to be delayed.

“A defect in the inversion valve may cause the park brake engagement to be intermittently delayed. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 121, ‘Air Brake Systems,’” NHTSA reported.

The agency said the safety risk is, “If this condition exists, the park brake may not be applied within 3 seconds, resulting in inadvertent vehicle movement and possible injury.”

There have not been any reported accidents or injuries due to this situation.

The remedy is replacement of the inversion valve with a certified version.

Spartan dealers are scheduled to be notified of the recall by Oct. 23rd, while owners are scheduled to be notified by Oct. 30th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.