Utilimaster Recalls Aeromasters Due To Gear Indicator Error

Posted on March 7, 2012

The Utilimaster Corporation has announced a recall of 679 Aeromasters from the 2011 and 2012 model years.  These vehicles were made between March 11, 2009 and December 3 of last year.  This particular recall should have begun on March 2 or somewhere thereabouts.

The problem concerns the transmission gear shifter.  Where the transmission control selector arm assembly on the steering column connects to that part, the cable can break.  When this happens, the transmission gear indicator portion of the instrument panel will not switch over to display different gears.  Regardless of what gear the vehicle has been put into, the indicator stays in the first gear position.

The driver is then unable to properly tell what gear the vehicle is in.  The risk of a crash becomes much greater because the operator may not know whether he has placed the vehicle in reverse or park.

Affected owners will be contacted by the company, at which point the vehicles can be brought in to a dealer to have the defective parts replaced for free.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, I’m glad to see any automotive issues get corrected.  Not only are such injuries dangerous to the occupants of the affected vehicle, but other motorists are put at risk as well.  It’s my hope as a San Jose car accident lawyer that no incidents occur as a result of this defect.

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