22E069 – Inadequate Vapor Space of Diesel Fuel Tank – S&B Diesel Fuel Tanks

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August 17, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22E069000

Inadequate Vapor Space of Diesel Fuel Tank

Inadequate vapor space of the fuel tank can cause the tank to swell and leak fuel if it contacts the driveline, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22E069

Manufacturer S&B Filters, Inc.

Components FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected 910

 

Summary

S&B Filters, Inc. (S&B) is recalling certain Diesel Fuel Tanks, with part number 10-1021. On some RAM Mega Cab vehicles that have a larger diameter driveline, the diesel fuel tank may have insufficient clearance and contact the driveline due to the inadequate vapor space.

 

Remedy

Dealers will make a venting modification, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed August 29, 2022. Owners may contact S&B customer service at 1-909-947-0015.

 

Notes

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.nhtsa.gov.

 


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECALL RELATED TO S&B Diesel Fuel Tank Installed On 2005-2022 5.9L, 6.7L 2500-3500 Trucks

NHTSA ID 22E069

 

Reason for Vent Link Modification:

At some point, Ram started using a larger driveline on MEGA Cab Models which positioned it closer to the S&B Tank. In a hot climate with close to a full tank of diesel fuel, the S&B Tank can swell outward making contact with the driveline. As a result, fuel may leak and increase the risk of fire and injury. The following instructions will add additional vapor space and prevent the tank from being overfilled. Visit www.sbfilters.com/10-1021recall to view the installation video.

 

Step 1. Confirm Adequate Space Between Tank & Driveline:

Use black plastic feeler gauge to check clearance between the tank and driveline forward of the front strap. If you are not able to get the feeler gauge between the tank and the driveline as shown in the image below, please email us a picture at recall@sbfilters.com.

 

STEP 2:

Use a hose cutter to cut the 5/16” fuel line (approximately in the middle) that connects one side of the tank to the other.

 

STEP 3:

Insert the included 5/16” white plugs into each end of the hose you just cut in step 2.

 

STEP 4:

Install Extension Vent Line: Find the 5/16” vent link that is connected to the top of the tank as shown on item 12 on the exploded view. Cut or remove the breather cap and install the insured S&B 5/16” extension hose. Zip tie to the filler neck so it is sloped upward.

S&B apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused. If you did the installation yourself, please visit www.sbfilters.com/10-1021recall and click on “Claim Your $150 Install Fee” where you will provide your vin and upload an image showing steps 3 & 5 were completed.

 


Chronology :

On 4/8/22, we had the driveline rub our diesel fuel tank and leak on a truck. There was no damage to the vehicle nor any injury. While we were unsure as to the cause of the leak, we promptly replaced the tank to maintain the highest level of customer service. We had one more incident in May, but were still unsure of the cause since there are many different factors including but not limited to an in bed auxiliary gravity fed tank, non-compatible aftermarket components, etc that could have caused the issue . In June we had 8 situations that were similar in nature with this part number. We performed testing in house but were unable to replicate the issue. As the summer grew hotter, we had 17 leaks in July and 6 more before we initiated the recall on 8/17/22.

As I mentioned, there were multiple potential causes of the tank leaking that could have been unrelated to our tank which is why we didn’t initiate the recall sooner. That being said, we did come to the conclusion sometime around August that the likely cause was as identified in the recall letter. At that point, we issued the recall. We have sent out notifications via First Class Mail (with tracking) and via email. We have also called non-responsive customers and dealers. To-date, there have been no reported injuries or property damage related to a tank leaking.

 


1 Affected Product

Equipment

BRAND PART NO. PRODUCTION DATES
S&B FILTERS DIESEL FUEL TANK

 


10 Associated Documents

Miscellaneous Document – Remedy Instructions

RMISC-22E069-2407.pdf 1288.946KB

RMISC-22E069-2407

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22E069-9350.PDF 215.188KB

RCLRPT-22E069-9350

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22E069-8796.pdf 793.187KB

RCAK-22E069-8796

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22E069-1957.pdf 107.405KB

RCONL-22E069-1957

 


Recall 573 Report – 2/3/2023

RCLRPT-22E069-3702.PDF 215.916KB

RCLRPT-22E069-3702

 


Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2022-3

RCLQRT-22E069-1084.PDF 211.297KB

RCLQRT-22E069-1084

 


Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-4

RCLQRT-22E069-5121.PDF 211.306KB

RCLQRT-22E069-5121

 


Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22E069-1219.PDF 211.306KB

RCLQRT-22E069-1219

 


Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2023-2

RCLQRT-22E069-0776.PDF 211.417KB

RCLQRT-22E069-0776

 


Recall Quarterly Report #5, 2023-3

RCLQRT-22E069-2170.PDF 211.666KB

RCLQRT-22E069-2170

 


Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most Recent Recalls Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22E069&docType=RCL

 


 

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