Volvo Starts Interim Repair Process for 15,835 Recalled Trucks
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Volvo Trucks North America has begun distributing interim repair information to address the recall of 15,835 of its 2016 and 2017 models in the United States for a steering shaft defect that has prompted both the manufacturer and the U.S. government to urge that the units be taken out of service immediately.
Volvo late last week began distributing information to dealers on the interim repairs that can be made to return the trucks to service, spokesman John Mies said. He said it wasn’t known how many trucks have received the interim repair to the two-piece shafts that can separate because a roll pin is missing or was improperly tightened. Four crashes and no personal injuries have been linked to the defect, according to Volvo’s filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The first group of parts for the permanent repair, in the form of a one-piece steering shaft that will replace the two-piece version, are expected to begin arriving by the end of next week, Mies said.
Volvo in its dealer communications and public statements has urged fleets to take the affected trucks off the road right away.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and NHTSA, in a joint statement, said unrepaired trucks that are on the road “are in an unsafe condition and should not be operated. Such vehicles are to be immediately ordered out-of-service by federal and state roadside safety inspectors.” Update, March 29: FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said that as of March 28, roughly 30 of the recalled Volvo trucks had been placed out-of-service by roadside inspectors.
The action covers about 60% of the VNL, VNM and VNX models that were produced between May 11, 2015, and March 8 this year. About 40% of production during the period covered by the recall was not affected since the vehicles had a one-piece steering shaft.
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