All trailers built after January 26, 1998 with GVWR over 10,000# with some exemptions, must be equipped with a rear impact guard which complies with FMVSS 223 and 224. The RIG must be mounted no more than 22” above the ground, no more than 12” ahead of the rear of the trailer, have a 4” or more rear horizontal member face that extends across the entire rear of the trailer to within 4” of each side and be able to absorb loads and energy defined by the FMVSS noted. There must be a certification label mounted on the curbside forward face of the lower horizontal member 12” in from that end. The guards must be maintained in the condition delivered as defined by FHWA regulations. Repairs or replacement must be performed so that the original structure, integrity and dimensions are retained and a certification label must be installed.
Check the RIG and rear trailer crossmember for dents, cracks, broken parts, damage and distorted sections. Repair or replace the parts using Strick authorized parts and instructions.
Check all lights for position and illumination. Clean any dim lights. Check wiring and harnesses for any damage or looseness. Clean the J-560 7 way ATA connector pins on the front of the trailer if any lights are dim or do not light up. Use a 12volt battery or approved system checker to trouble shoot.
Check reflective tape on the trailer sides and rear. There must be a minimum of 50% of the overall trailer length of 2” wide, alternating red and white reflective tape on each side of the trailer and a full width stripe of 2” wide alternating red and white reflective tape on the horizontal cross tube of the RIG and along the bottom of the rear doors. A 2” wide, white reflective tape angle with 12” legs must be installed at the top outer corners of the rear doors on vans and the top outer corners of any bulkhead installed on flatbeds. Clean any dirt or grime off tape for maximum visibility.
The Department of Transportation has rules covering the inspection, repair, maintenance, parts, safe operation and periodic inspections. These rules are contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, parts 393 and 396.
If you believe your vehicle has any defect that could cause a risk to safe operation, or a crash you should contact the National Highway Safety Administration and Strick Corporation.
If NHTSA determines a safety defect does exist, which would constitute a risk to highway safety in a group of vehicles, it can order a recall and remedy campaign. Otherwise, specific problems between your company, Strick Corporation or its dealers, are to be resolved without government intervention.
NHTSA can be contacted through its hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or write to: Adminstrator, NHSTA - 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E. - Washington, D.C. 20590. Other motor vehicle safety information is available on the hotline.