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Cummins recalling 25,013 engines over fire risk


NEW YORK (AP) - Engine maker Cummins Inc. and its joint venture Cummins Westport Inc. are recalling 25,013 engines because cold weather could cause a sensor to fail, resulting in an exhaust fire.

The recall affects Cummins Westport Model ISL G engines made between Sept. 12, 2007 through Feb. 2, 2014 and Cummins Westport Model ISX12 G engines made from Feb. 19, 2013 through Feb. 2, 2014.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that condensation in the tubes that distribute air coming into the engine may freeze during cold weather. That ice could interfere with the proper operation of the pressure sensor, potentially increasing exhaust temperatures or causing flames from the exhaust pipe, which could burn a person or cause a fire.

No injuries have been reported.

For more information, owners may call 1-800-343-7357.

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rickulsh March 01 2014 at 6:26 PM

This is the same thing that is happening in agriculture , The new Tier engines in recent years with all the new Tech are having problems with high temps in the air intake and cylinder heads with almost the same results !

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joeshop8 rickulsh March 01 2014 at 6:49 PM

You are 100% correct Here in Ca. We are up to tier 4 and almost impossible to maintain it, and then to have to go to DEF fluid.

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niteowldj2 March 01 2014 at 2:12 PM

My Grandfather had a Cummins Diesel installed in his tugboat many years ago, and it was still running all the years He had it, until a loose tug improperly hitched to the dock, slammed into it causing a gaping hole in it's stern and sank it. It was underwater a few years before they finally got it back up out of 20 feet of water., hauled it over to the boat yard where they patched it up, and returned it to the dock, set it back on the water, and after the engine re-build is still to this day running like new, and now owned by my uncle Bill . Can't beat those old Cummins Diesels.

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Bill March 01 2014 at 7:17 PM

Dodge tech. 38 years. New cummins is so loaded with EPA crap they are worthless! Fuel has to be microscopically pure or you are screwed. Not a setup for the real world. Maintenance costs and down time are pissing everyone off. Not just a big rig issue. Glad Im retiring

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Michael Bill March 02 2014 at 8:49 AM

True DAt, been there.

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NomadBud March 01 2014 at 7:55 PM

All the old diesel had flames out the exhaust .

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markperosi123 March 01 2014 at 4:24 PM

correct error ...meant to say less need of engine repair in the future. thank you

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Maxoverload March 01 2014 at 7:58 PM

Leave it to paper pushers to force emissions mandates , on manufacturers , with specifications , that do not work in the real world , its always fine on the engineers papers and lab testing , but do not work in a variety of real world conditions , they removed lead from fuel in the 70's and cost owners millions of engines due to related valve guide failures , Now its the removal of sulfer from diesel fuel , now , they dont run as well as in the past , and present fuel pump failures due to lack of lubricity are evident . All in all , Fine for the Corps , Again the public pays to survive .

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elendil3136 Maxoverload March 01 2014 at 11:40 PM

And yet, for all of your ranting, engineers have always found solutions, and the efficiency of engines continues to rise. All while ruducing polution.

Take a look at what the air in Bejing, China looks like today. I that what you want?

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Mike March 01 2014 at 3:56 PM

Seems that engine was made in England !

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HAMMER Mike March 01 2014 at 6:35 PM

it doesnt matter where it was made, its the us that requires all the emissions bullshit. englend doesnt use all the sensors and such.

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Michael Mike March 02 2014 at 8:51 AM


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darkfree March 01 2014 at 7:45 PM

All junk .
All the buildings with diesel generators that 50 % wont start up when there needed.

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realnorm59 March 01 2014 at 12:56 PM

Here is a case where a company just happen to overlook a condition (extream cold condition) in which they should have done a test. It happens to the best of us. Let's be greatfull that it was discovered before anyone one was killed or injured or any property was damaged. Hope everyone who ownes one of these sees the recall notice earlier enough and respond.

Hope other manufactors will take note of this situation. Wish Cummins Inc. all the best for the future.

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norriswf realnorm59 March 01 2014 at 1:23 PM

Good points. Many very well known companies, of good repute have had unforseen issues occur. The best procedure is to get moving on the fix, and show committment to preserving a good reputation.

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Dwaine March 01 2014 at 2:50 PM

Was it a sensor attributed to Westport or Cummins

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Ken Dwaine March 01 2014 at 4:26 PM

it is the intake manifold pressure sensor - combined part Cummins-Westport

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