WASHINGTON - Dexter Axle is recalling 685 trailer axle assemblies manufactured Aug. 15-30 of this year. On some axles, cracks could appear in the spindle weld, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

These cracks can propagate and cause the spindle to detach from the axle tube, resulting in the separation of the wheel end from the vehicle. This condition creates a road hazard that increases the risk of a crash and compromises the driver's control of the vehicle. 

Dexter Axle, headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., is working with the vehicle manufacturers to identify the owners who may have the affected axles installed on their vehicle. These axle assemblies will be replaced free of charge. 

Vehicle owners can contact Dexter Axle at (800) 400-2164, or they can contact their vehicle manufacturer for more information.