Fuel Cylinder Brackets Being Replaced on E-Series Vehicles
Landi Renzo USA has initiated a recall of Ford E-series vans converted to compressed natural gas operation. The firm is repairing, at no charge, rear fuel cylinder brackets it says could fail, allowing the fuel tanks to dislodge. The repair can be done by Landi Renzo itself, or at designated Ford dealers. It takes about an hour.
The recall affects 343 model year 2011 to 2014 Ford E-150, -250, and -350 vans converted to CNG between January 2, 2011 and February 24 of this year.
“There have been occurrences where both the left and right rear side arm brackets that support the rear CNG cylinder cradles assembly didn’t meet the design specifications set forth by Landi Renzo USA for these components,” engineering VP Marco Genova advised NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Problem Found on High-Mileage Vehicles
“Due to excessive wear and tear, there is a probability that, the ear of both brackets could develop cracks and eventually break,” states the filing.
“The effect of the ears of the bracket breaking may eventually cause the main rear structure to form cracks on the inner (center) portion of the structure. As the crack develops the rear structure may completely lose its structural integrity and in extreme worst case scenario the cylinder may come dislodged from the rear structure,” Landi said.
Landi has also told NHTSA that it has observed the problem only on vehicles that have logged more than 80,000 miles, and it is not aware of any accidents or injuries.
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