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Old 12-10-2008, 09:08 AM   #1
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Valve Stem Recall from Dill

Hello everyone,

I just received this in my email this morning...thought i better give everyone the heads up in case you run into these on your tow or trailer:


NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 08T028

Synopsis:
This email is being sent to advise you that Dill Air Control Products (Dill) is recalling certain replacement snap-in rubber valve stems, Models Dill APC TR413, TR414, and TR418, sold between November 2006 and July 2007. These valves may lack the required additive to protect the rubber against deterioration from ozone exposure. As a result, affected valve stems, when subject to high levels of ozone, may weather and crack earlier than normal for this product. Over time, such a crack could progress to the point that it leaks air resulting in a loss of tire pressure. Loss of tire pressure can result in a flat tire and/or loss of vehicle control, which could cause a crash without warning. Dill will notify owners and replace the affected valve stems free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 9, 2008.

Owners may contact Dill toll-free at 1-888-364-2982 or visit http://www.tirevalverecall.net .


Thank you,

Recalls Subscription Team
Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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That was just in our local newpaper this morning also.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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I'd heard this or a similar one earlier.
I'm sure you can tell the brand of tires you have, even the brand of
oil filter, and probably spark plugs but
WHO CAN TELL THE BRAND OF VALVE STEMS THEY USE???
Recalls like this just cover the manufacturer's butt when one fails and
causes a wreck. They know we aren't going to be lining up for free replacements.
What happened to doing it right the first time?!?
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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I agree...especially when these were installed as early as 2006 and they are now just coming out with the recall. The only way to tell if its a Dill or not is from the cap that's on it from what their web page says. However...

I guess this would be a good time or a good reminder for folks to check for cracks as explained here -> http://www.tirevalverecall.net/howto...tmyvalves.html and if you have them, go have them replaced before something happens. When i do my oil changes, i check my tire pressures and valve stems like a bad habit, but i realize that most people don't. I guess making it a part of the checklist prior to pulling out wouldn't be a bad idea either...lug nuts...tight, tire pressure...checked, safety chains...on, lights....check, oh yea...valve stems...look for cracks...nope, none...good to go!
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:27 PM   #5
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Wow. A Dill recall.

Now that puts us all in a real pickle.
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:29 PM   #6
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arrgh.... thats a Dilly!
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