October 31, 2016 11:25 AM, EDT

US DOT Credits Volvo for Quick Action on Recalled Trucks

Bloomberg News

Nearly 16,000 of Volvo Trucks North America’s heavy trucks subject to a recall earlier this year have been identified and repaired, federal transportation regulators announced Oct. 31.

Volvo Trucks North America had announced a recall of certain 2016-2017 VNL, VNX and VNM trucks in February. A steering shaft defect had the potential of causing a driver to unexpectedly and suddenly lose control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration praised the company for achieving a 100% vehicle safety recall in just a few months.

“Over the last nine months, our U.S. DOT team and Volvo Trucks have been laser-focused on protecting the motoring public by ensuring that every one of these recalled heavy trucks was identified and removed from our roadways until they were repaired,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling said, “Many people were called upon to play a role in alerting carriers and drivers of the recall — from the trucking trade media to roadside safety inspectors. I am confident that all of our safety goals can likewise be achieved through this model of collaboration and partnership."