CARB announces another recall of Cleaire DPF

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The last time the California Air Resources Board announced a recall of Cleaire diesel particulate filters, officials were reacting after a spark allegedly kicked from a big rig and started a 3,600-acre forest fire that destroyed 100 structures and displaced hundreds of rural Washington residents.

The September 2011 fire was fought first by a group of nuns, whom a local newspaper photographed while they worked a bucket line before they were eventually replaced by more than 800 firefighters.

This time, the recall appears to be pre-emptive.

Late last week, CARB announced that Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls, which makes the LongMile diesel particulate filter, had voluntarily recalled the LongMile DPF.

“Cleaire is either replacing the LongMile’s existing metal filter with a certified silicon carbide core or a certified catalytic Cleaire Muffler Module over a prescribed recall schedule, or removing the entire system from the vehicle,” CARB’s announcement reads.

Any truck owner with an affected LongMile system should be contacted by Cleaire directly. The recall doesn’t affect any fleet’s ability to “retain early compliance credits” awarded by CARB that they may have accrued after installing the original LongMile system, CARB said.

For more information, click here.

According to Cleaire’s website, the LongMile system is CARB-verified to be retrofitted on trucks with 1993 through 2006 model year engines.

To read about last year’s fire near a monastery in Goldendale, WA, click here.

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