Al-Ko recalls 7000 caravans for loose wheel fault

Irregularities in the film thickness of the brake drums are causing the wheel bolts to release.
Irregularities in the film thickness of the brake drums are causing the wheel bolts to release.

Friday, 02, Aug 2013 12:17

by Daniel Mackrell

German-based chassis manufacturer Al-Ko is recalling a number of their 2361 model caravans after discovering a fault which can cause wheels to come loose.

They are being withdrawn after Al-Ko's monitoring of its product showed that there were irregularities in the film thickness of the brake drums, which can cause wheel bolts to release, and lead to wheels coming off.

They will replace the brake drums on the caravans free of charge at dealers and caravan workshops for any customers that have one of the caravans.

Al-Ko provides around a million caravans worldwide each year, and around 7,000 caravans are believed to have been affected.

They were supplied by Slovenian, Swedish and German manufacturers in October of last year.

A similar problem occurred two years ago with Bailey when they issued a warning of wheels coming loose on some of their single-axle Unicorn Caravans.

Bailey got help from the AL-KO Kober Vehicle Testing Department to replicate the wheel loss as a way of trying to find the original cause and to find a good solution.

Al-Ko is now facing a similar problem, but the company is acting quickly to ensure no accidents are caused by the fault, and have advised owners to not tow their caravans except to the garage, and to take precautions by checking the wheels throughout the journey.

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