WASHINGTON - Pierce Manufacturing is recalling certain MY 2003-2009 Custom Contender, Dash, Enforcer, Impel, Lance, Saber and Velocity fire trucks manufactured Feb. 20, 2003 through March 27, 2009. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these trucks may be equipped with drop-down fire hose trays mounted under the front bumper. The hose tray latch may accidentally open while the vehicle is in motion, posing a safety risk if the fire hose drops to the roadway without warning. 

To remedy the problem, an improved latch design has been developed. A new hose box incorporating the new latch will be installed free of charge. This recall begins this month. 

Pierce is also recalling certain MY 2010 Dash fire trucks that may have been manufactured with excessive paint on the steel wheel mounting surfaces. The excessive paint may cause the wheel lug nuts to lose clamp load, loosen and fall off, the NHTSA said. The wheels could eventually separate from the vehicle. This second recall is expected to begin in August. 

Pierce can be reached at (920) 832-3000.