Spartan Motors USA (Spartan) is recalling certain chassis cab vehicles including 2011-2017 Gladiator, 2016-2017 MetroStar, 2012-2018 K2, 2011-2018 K3, 2017-2018 K4, and 2011-2017 MM vehicles. The ball joints on the independent front suspension (IFS) modules can loosen and separate, leading to a partial loss of steering.
A separated ball joint can cause a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will remove, clean, apply thread locker, and reinstall the properly torqued ball joint, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 24, 2017. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-800-543-4277. Spartan’s number for this recall is 17004.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
MANUFACTURER RECALL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PDF: RCAK-17V160-6035
SAFETY DEFECT PART 573 NON-COMPLIANCE NOTICE: RCLRPT-17V160-7583
Report Receipt Date: MAR 13, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V160000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,783
Vehicle Make Model Year(s)
- SPARTAN GLADIATOR 2011-2017
- SPARTAN K2 2012-2018
- SPARTAN K3 2011-2018
- SPARTAN K4 2017-2018
- SPARTAN METROSTAR 2016-2017
- SPARTAN MM 2011-2017