U-Haul announced Saturday, May 23, that it is recalling 162,000 trailer hitches sold at its outlets because of weak steel that can cause the parts to break apart.
The recall includes two hitches made by Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and January 2015. The products are a part of the U-Haul Power Tow brand and were sold exclusively online and in U-Haul stores.
The potential for accidents because of this defective part is greatly increased. If you or a loved one is injured because of weakened U-Haul trailer hitch, call the U-Haul accident lawyers at Gordon & Partners today for a free case evaluation.
According to the recall report, the TS1 and TS2 hitches should be able to tow trailers weighing up to 7,500 pounds, but can break when towing an amount close to the maximum load.
NEWS ALERT – May 23rd, 2015
Recall announced by U-Haul for 162,000 trailer hitches….”
Curt Manufacturing has stated that the defect occurred because Shandong Jiyang Machinery, a Chinese machinery supplier, changed the way it cleaned the steal during the hot-rolling process, which ultimately weakened the steel.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising owners to attach safety chains to trailers to prevent breakaways that can cause traffic accidents and significant damage.
Curt Manufacturing will notify owners if they have a defective trailer hitch and will replace the parts at no charge to the owner.
The NHTSA stated that the manufacturer has reported no injuries or property damage as a result of the weak hitch.
Runaway trailers as a result of a broken hitch can pose a serious threat to others on the road as well as to nearby property. If you or someone you loved is injured in a runaway trailer accident as a result of a weak U-Haul hitch, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights.