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NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Midland Brake, Incorporated


Midland Brake Actuator

Number Involved: 31,626
Dates of Manufacture: October 1994 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98E004
Equipment Description: Maxibrake I actuators, Type 20, Type 24, Type 30, and Type 36.
Description of Noncompliance: These brake actutors do not have an overstroke indicator. This does not comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 121, "Air Brake Systems."
Consequence of Noncompliance: This condition can lead to reduced brake output if the brakes are not properly adjusted or when it is used without an automatic brake adjusting mechanism.
Corrective Action: Midland will provide owners with a modification kit which will make the brake system comply with the standard.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during April 1998.
Note: Owners who do not receive the free modification kit within a reasonable time contact Midland-Grau at 1-316-365-6911.

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.