Spartan Motors USA is recalling 2,038 2009-2014 model-year Gladiator and MetroStar emergency response vehicles because of potential steering problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
In these recalled fire trucks, the power steering fluid may overheat and cause the steering to unexpectedly lock during maneuvers, NHTSA said. The result could be a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
To fix the problem, Spartan dealers will install a cooler to prevent the steering fluid from overheating. There will be no charge for this remedy.
The recall is expected to begin Nov. 20. Truck owners can reach Spartan customer service at (800) 543-4277.