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NHTSA Investigating Recall of Fire Truck Ladders

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into whether a 2013 recall of 156 fire trucks was enough to correct an issue with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.

The investigation covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by Ohio-based Sutphen Corp., The Associated Press reported.

The NHTSA is taking action because two ladders fell after the trucks were recalled in May of last year. A total of six people were injured in incidents in Belle Valley, Pennsylvania, and Hall County, Georgia, according to The Associated Press.

In light of the two incidents, Sutphen posted a statement on its website advising fire departments not to use the ladders until further notice. The company says it is also looking into the issues and working to fix the problem.

The government says cables that control the ladders can fail.

On Nov. 11, 2013, Sutphen recalled 156 aerial platform trucks in model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly, reported.

Last month, the company issued a second recall hours after three firefighters in Hall County, Ga., were injured when a mechanical failure caused the five-section ladder to unexpectedly retract more than 20 feet before it jammed, reported. The firefighters were in a bucket atop the ladder when it suddenly dropped during a training session. Their injuries ranged from bruises to broken bones. One of the injured firefighters went through surgery on Wednesday to have rods and screws placed in his back to fix two broken vertebra, reported.

In June, three firefighters in the Erie, Pa., suburb of Belle Valley suffered injuries after a rapid descent of their aerial platform.

According to last year’s recall, the issue involved ball bearings that could seize, causing the cables running over them to chafe and fail. The recall included trucks from 2000 to 2011 and involved models SPH100, SP110, SPI112 and SAI110, according to the NHTSA. disclaimer: This article: NHTSA Investigating Recall of Fire Truck Ladders was posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 2:35 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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