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By James C. Owens, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Only you can protect your family or yourself from defective or noncompliant vehicles or equipment that could pose a threat to your safety.
Hundreds of injuries have been reported, and 16 people have been killed in the U.S. by defective air bags that are part of the largest and most complex vehicle recalls in U.S. history—affecting tens of millions of vehicles from 19 automakers. Getting these unsafe vehicles repaired is integral to improving safety and saving lives. The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this urgent threat to safety. Learning how to check for recalls is the first important step, and the next is knowing how to get your recall fixed for FREE.
What is a vehicle recall?
A vehicle safety recall is just that—bringing an unsafe vehicle to a dealership to resolve a safety problem when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle or piece of equipment has a safety-related defect or does not comply with federal standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases, repurchasing the vehicle. In 2019 alone, there were over 38 million vehicles recalled.
Check for recalls
If your vehicle is currently under recall, you should receive a notice in the mail from your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you’re worried about missing a notice, you can also stay up to date on recalls by signing up for notification emails.
You don’t need to wait for a notification to find out if your vehicle is under recall. Visit https://www.NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is under recall. You can also use NHTSA’s website to check on vehicle-related products, such as car seats, tires or equipment.
Not sure where your VIN is? Look on the lower left of your vehicle’s windshield. It is 17 characters long. Your VIN is also located on your vehicle registration card, and may be shown on your insurance card too.
Get the repair (for FREE!)
If your vehicle is under recall, follow any interim safety guidance provided by the manufacturer and contact your local dealership to get the FREE recall repair.
Report problems for investigation
If you think your vehicle or equipment could have a safety defect, reporting it to NHTSA is important. If the agency receives similar reports from a number of people about the same product, this could indicate that a safety-related defect exists that would warrant an investigation. You can report any suspected safety defects to NHTSA one of two easy ways: by visiting www.NHTSA.gov/recalls, or by calling NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline (888-327-4236 or 800-424-9393 toll-free from anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
Vehicle owner reports fuel NHTSA’s work, and that’s why we’re committed to sharing more information with you about how to report recalls. NHTSA recommends checking your VIN twice a year to see if your vehicle is under any safety recall: when you set your clocks forward in the spring and when you set them back in the fall. Stay in touch with NHTSA and keep an eye on your mailbox for direct alerts. And if your vehicle is under recall, get it repaired for FREE immediately. With safer drivers and safer cars, we’ll have safer roads—and your efforts can help save lives.
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1.Difference between diesel powered refrigeration unit and engine driven refrigeration unit
Diesel powered refrigeration unit: Independent and non-independent refrigeration units are divided according to power source. Independent refrigeration unit (Diesel powered refrigeration unit) means that the refrigeration unit has a separate power source and the unit itself has an independent power source.
Generally speaking, diesel powered reefer unit is integrated structures, but there are also modified split structures (this structure is generally hoisted on the beam of the reefer truck). This type of unit itself has an engine and a generator that provide power and electricity to the refrigeration system Device. It can work independently without being restricted by the working state of the truck engine.
Non-independent refrigeration unit (Engine driven refrigeration unit😞 As the name implies, it is a refrigeration unit that cannot work independently. This type of unit has no power unit and must rely on the truck engine to drive the compressor to work.
The engine driven refrigeration unit can also be divided into an integral structure and a split structure from the structure. The split structure also includes three types of condenser front type, condenser top-mounted type and condenser bottom-mounted type (bottom-mounted or concealed); but the condenser front-mounted structure is the most common structure in split non-independent refrigeration units.
2.Advantages and disadvantages of diesel engine refrigeration unit and engine driven refrigeration units
Independent refrigeration unit
Advantages: The advantage of diesel engine refrigeration unit is stability and reliability, which is also the most needed for refrigerated trucks. Since the diesel engine refrigeration unit has a separate source of power output, the refrigerator can still work when the refrigerated vehicle is turned off or the refrigerated vehicle has an engine failure, so as to ensure that the goods in the refrigerated vehicle will not deteriorate.
Integrated independent refrigeration unit
Disadvantages: The disadvantage of independent refrigeration units is that they are expensive and maintenance is more complicated than non-independent refrigeration units. Due to the addition of a set of power systems, independent refrigeration units are more complicated than non-independent refrigeration units in terms of maintenance, and independent refrigeration units are relatively more technically complex and more expensive.
Non-independent refrigeration unit
Advantages: The advantages of non-independent refrigeration units are low price, simple structure and easy maintenance.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage of the non-independent refrigeration unit is that it relies too much on the power source of the refrigerated vehicle. When the refrigerated vehicle engine stops working, the non-independent refrigeration unit loses power support and the refrigeration system stops working. If the door is frequently opened when the vehicle is turned off, the large loss of cold air in the refrigerated box causes the temperature in the box to rise, or the refrigerator will stop cooling when the vehicle fails (engine failure), and the cargo in the vehicle is easily lost.
3.Choice of independent refrigeration unit and non-independent refrigeration unit
From the price point of view: If your budget is relatively sufficient and have strict temperature requirements (the required temperature should be at least minus 10 degrees below) ) It is recommended to use a diesel powered refrigeration unit.
In terms of the length of transportation distance: For short-distance distribution within the city or between districts and counties, it is recommended to use non-independent units, which not only lower the procurement cost, but also easy to repair even if there is a failure; For long-distance transportation, it is recommended to use independent refrigeration units, because Even if the vehicle engine stops working during long-distance transportation, the refrigerator can still cool normally to ensure the safety of the transported items.
In terms of vehicle models: Generally speaking, light trucks with a body less than 7 meters are recommended to use non-independent units. For trucks and semi-trailers above 7 meters, independent refrigeration units are better.
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