Make : KME Model : PANTHER Year : 2014
Build Dates : 2013-10-01 - 2014-03-30
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 14V455000
Date Owner's Notified: 2015-08-24 Date Received by ODI: 2014-07-25 Date Added to Database: 2014-07-25
Manufacturers Involved: Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp.
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number: 2014-SR01
Component: SEAT BELTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 10
      Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. "Kovatch" is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Predator and 2014 Panther fire fighting vehicles manufactured October 2013 to March 2014, and equipped with IMMI-brand L9 seat belt buckles. When the button is pressed to release the seat belt, the latch plate can become partially engaged with the buckle, making the seat belt difficult to unlatch. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard "FMVSS" No. 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
      If the latch plate remains partially engaged after the button is pressed, egress from the vehicle could be hindered which would increase the risk of injury in the event of an emergency.
      Kovatch will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt buckle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kovatch at 1-800-235-3926. Kovatch's number for this campaign is 2014-SR01.
Report Initiator: ODI V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number: 209
      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