Recalls have been issued by several truck makers for range of problems including with seat belts, lighting, tie-rod assemblies and missing certification labels.
Paccar is recalling 565 2004-2013 Peterbilt 379, 357, 378, 367, 388, 365, 389, 385 and 386 trucks manufactured from April 3, 2003, through Oct. 25, 2013 that are equipped with tri-drive rear axles.
The affected vehicles may be missing required information from the certification label, specifically the tag or pusher axle the gross axle weight rating, suitable tire and rim information, and recommended tire pressure information. Without this information, the vehicles do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 49 C.F.R. Part 567, "Certification."
As a result, the axles may be overloaded or the wrong tires could be installed or the tires could be improperly inflated, increasing the risk of a crash
Peterbilt will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the certification labels missing the necessary information. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014
Customers can contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4000.
Peterbilt's number for this campaign is 1113-F.
Paccar is also recalling 5,087 model year 2014 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T700, T880, and W900 trucks.
The stop-tail-turn lamp can shrink and cause the lamp to fall out of the mounted retention ring, making the vehicle so it does not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 108 "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." This could also increase the chances of a vehicle crash if other drivers don't see light.
Kenworth will notify owners and dealers will replace the defective STT lamps with new lamps provided by Grote. A notification schedule has yet to be published.
Customers may contact Paccar at 1-425-468-8228.
Kenworth’s recall number 13KWM.
Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 5,464 model year 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet trucks manufactured Oct. 15, 2007 through Nov. 10, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the left outer tie rod ball stud may fracture.
A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tie rod assembly with a redesigned assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Jan. 24, 2014.
Customers may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712.
DTNA's number for this recall is FL-655.
Finally, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks are recalling trucks for seat belt problems. All are 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 and making these vehicles so they fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
If the latch plate remains partially engaged after the button is pressed, egress from the vehicle could be hindered, resulting in an increased risk of injury in the event of an accident or emergency.
26,310 model year 2014 Freightliner 108SD, 114SD, 122SD, Coronado, Argosy, Cascadia, M2 Business Class, and Western Star 4700, 4900, and 6900 vehicles manufactured Aug. 5, 2013 through Nov. 15, 2013 are being recalled for this problem.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt buckle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Jan. 26, 2014. Owners may contact Daimler at 1-800-385-4357. DTNA's number for this campaign is FL-654.
5,486 Volvo model year 2014 VAH, VHD, VNL, and VNM trucks manufactured Aug. 12, 2013 through Nov. 14, 2013 are also affected.
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt buckle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-336-393-2000. Volvo's number for this recall is RVXX1307.
39 Mack Trucks, from model year 2014 CXU and MRU trucks manufactured Aug. 12, 2013 through Oct. 9, 2013 are part of the seat belt recall.
Mack will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt buckle, and if necessary, replace the seat belt buckles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014. Owners may contact Mack Trucks at 1-336-393-2000. This is Mack Recall No. SC0373.