Recently a dedion tube failed during an Academy race. The end plate sheared off from the main tube, resulting in a rear wheel becoming detached and consequently some damage to the car.
Obviously, spontaneous failures are of great concern to Caterham Cars and since then we have been working with the manufacturer (Arch) to establish the cause and scope of the issue. As a result, we have identified that a small number of dedion tubes, produced in August and September 2005, may have a manufacturing defect.
As this is a safety issue, we have instigated a recall programme.
We have traced all the tube sales (as part of a car, or as a spare) and are in the process of contacting the owners and agents. A number of owners have already been directly contacted to advise them of the situation and anyone else who bought a car last year that could potentially have one of the affected tubes fitted, will be contacted by letter this week and arrangements made for rectificatio
This recall is being conducted within the VOSA Code of Practice on Vehicle Safety Defects guidelines and the response rate is being monitored by them.
I am posting this notice to ensure that club members are kept abreast of important developments affecting owners and that the facts presented to you directly.