Transport Canada issued a recall warning May the Fourth regarding the potential failure of hydraulic systems in Imperial All-Terrain Armoured Transport (AT-AT) walkers caused by cold temperatures, “such as on planet Hoth or in Northern Canada.”
May the Fourth is, perhaps not coincidentally, unofficially “Star Wars Day.”
The safety notice says the flaw “could impair laser cannon tracking, and affect the walker’s ability to maintain balance and could ultimately result in a crash causing injury to Imperial troops.”
At this time, however, there is no proposed fix for the 10,000 walkers affected by this campaign.
According to StarWars.com, the AT-AT stands more than 20 metres tall, so a quick fix will be important if the Imperial force wants to protect its troops.
It’s probably a good thing the troops aren’t unionized, because if they were, we imagine the union would have strong words about a flaw the AT-AT’s designers should have known about, considering where the machines were meant to be used.
This isn’t the first time Transport Canada has issued a “recall” notice for a vehicle made notable through a pop culture reference. In 2015, the agency issued one for an electrical fault affecting the flux capacitor in the DeLorean time machine Marty McFly uses to travel 30 years into the future, from his home in 1985.
(image from StarWars.com)