Pierce Manufacturing has recalled 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in documents posted on its website that the recall covers Pierce Arrow fire trucks from the 2010 and 2011 model years. The trucks have TAK-4 front suspensions and were built from Nov. 18, 2009, through May 11, 2011. The agency began investigating the trucks in March after getting reports of a wheel falling off two aerial ladder trucks that were responding to emergency calls in Portland, Ore., and Edmond, Okla. The Wisconsin-based company also told the agency of another case in Milwaukee. Pierce will inspect the lower control arms on the trucks and replace any that are defective.
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