Halcore Group Recalls a Number of Horton Ambulances

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Halcore Group Inc. that 18 of its Horton ambulances have an electrical system failure and must be recalled for replacing the malfunctioning parts.
All Horton 623, 603, 503, 553 and 453 models manufactured between October 1, 2015 and November 16, 2015, equipped with the i4G system for controlling the ambulance body electrics must go back to the dealerships. To blame for this is a circuit board component that was installed incorrectly, and the ambulance body might have electrical system failure of the interior and exterior lights or other life-saving electrical systems.

The repairing process is expected to begin by the end of 2015, so there's only one day left, and must be conducted as fast as possible because this issue might slow down emergency response or rescue efforts. The malfunctioning electrical component will be replaced free of charge.

Horton Emergency Vehicles is the leading manufacturer of custom-built ambulances, and since 1968, its sole purpose is apparently to build the safest emergency vehicles out there.

Some of the models that are now recalled are the company’s best-selling ones. For example, the 623 is the largest standard body paired with the capability of a medium duty chassis, incorporating systems such as VI-Tech, Inteliplex, HOPS - occupant protection system for rollover crashes, or extra sound and thermal protection.

Another very popular model of the range is the Type III 553, which has improved comfort, tight turning radius, and a variety of headroom options.

All the ambulances are based on Ford and Chevy chassis. Maybe a coincidence or not, the Detroit-based carmaker recently announced two separate recalls involving no less than 10,000 cars.

This procedure targets the engine wiring harness of particular models, which may not have enough compression on wires in the loom. The consequences of this malfunction include sending wrong signals to the ECU and make the engine stall, the illumination of the engine malfunction light in the dash, or hesitation on acceleration.
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