In what amounts to a landmark policy shift, NHTSA now recommends that customers take quality problems in their own hands, and perform recalls themselves. Take NHTSA Campaign ID number 10V305000.
Summary: MCNEILUS IS RECALLING CERTAIN TRUCKS BUILT ON AUTOCAR CHASSIS. DURING THE REFUSE BODY MOUNTING PROCESS, CHASSIS AIR TANKS MAY BE RELOCATED TO FACILITATE MOUNTING OF THE BODY. AIRLINES TO THE AIR HOLDBACK VALVE MAY HAVE BEEN RECONNECTED INCORRECTLY AFTER A TANK(S) WAS RELOCATED.
Consequence: A RELOCATED TANK COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY.
Remedy: OWNERS WILL INSPECT VEHICLES AND PERFORM REPAIRS FREE OR CHARGE.
What ever happened to “Stop driving it, take it to your dealer?” Now, customers have to do it themselves, or charge? Whom? How much? With what? With a pitchfork? With manslaughter? (Just in case NHTSA gets around to fixing it themselves, here’s a screenshot.)
PS: TTAC reiterates its policy of not reporting each and every recall. Too many reports have been added to the NHTSA database. Our system can’t handle that kind of a workload. Apparently, we are not alone.