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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Dexter Axle Company, Incorporated


Dexter D20
Dexter D28
Dexter D35

Number Involved: 5,048
Dates of Manufacture: June 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97E033
Equipment Description: Axles used on American Travel, Coachmen RV, Fleetwood, Jayco, Shasta, Skyline, Starcraft and Sunline motor homes and travel trailers.
Description of Defect: The wheel bearings used in some of these axles have a metallurgical defect that lead to early failure.
Consequence of Defect: A wheel bearing failure could result in the loss of the wheel end from the axle, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the axles and replace the wheel bearings if necessary.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during November 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Dexter at 1-219-296-7301.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.