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Broken Shifter Springs in 1974-1976 Macks

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  • Broken Shifter Springs in 1974-1976 Macks

    Fogive me if this is old news, it was the first I heard about it.

    In a May issue of "Fire Fighting in Canada" there was an article on a jury settlement of 6.9 millinion against Mack Trucks Inc. It was involving the Mack 74-76 Cab Forward design. A problem with the transmission prevented a crew from getting the truck into any gear and they crashed at the bottom of a hill. One died from the accident, another is paralyzed. The accident accured in Aug. of 95.

    "Further investigation showed that a shifter spring in the syncromesh transmission had broken and jammed the linkage."

    According to the article there were numerous trucks with the same problem.

    Has anyone heard of this problem or is this new news to the American Fire service?

    "The problem relates to the 74-76 cab-forward design but no recall has been done."

    Just thought I would share what I read while in the North.

    Kirk Allen
    First Strike Technologies, Inc

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    That accident you are refering to happened to Munhall Fire Co.1, in Munhall, PA. It is the only accident involving the shifter spring that I have heard off, but apparently Mack was aware of the problem.


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