The Latest Apparatus Truck Recalls
This first one is a bit unclear because it doesn’t identify what vehicles have the recalled part. I’m assuming that some vehicle manufacturer(s) may have used them as original equipment, but even that is not made clear. The only information I see is that there may be as many as 5,479 switches involved, and that in May, PACCAR returned 5 such switches to their manufacturer. So in keeping with my often repeated caution, if there’s a chance you might have one of these, make it your business to find out.
Stoneridge is recalling (NHTSA #13E-032) certain ignition switches, part numbers 31-110, 31-397, 31-400, 31-322, 31-409, 31-458, 31-498-01P and 31-610, all with date code 183.
The ignition switch may contain an internal defect that may cause the starter to engage when the key is partially inserted, before the key is turned. Unintended engine starting could cause injury to a person working in the engine compartment. Additionally, vehicles with standard transmission may experience unintended movement which may result in personal injury or a crash.
Stoneridge will replace the ignition switches free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Stoneridge at 781 830 0340.
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Navistar is recalling (13V-231) certain 2012 – 2013 International ProStar and TranStar trucks equipped with front brake linings listed as feature codes 0504501, 0504504 or 04EWM.
The brake S-cam tube bracket assemblies on the steer axles may fracture. Brake assembly fractures may result in an inoperative brake on the affected wheel. This will cause the vehicle to pull to one side unexpectedly during braking and/or increase the stopping distance.
Navistar has already notified all affected owners about the defect during the course of the 2012 campaign that did not launch due to parts delays. The remedy is expected to be available during August. Dealers will replace the S-cam tube bracket assemblies free of charge.
Owners may contact Navistar at 800 448 7825. Navistar’s campaign number is 12530. This recall supersedes NHTSA recall #12V-546.
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Chrysler is recalling (13V-237) certain 2013 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks equipped with optional premium tail lamps.
In the affecxted vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the central body controller software, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in July. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800 853 1403. Chrysler’s recall campaign is N35.
Chrysler is recalling (13V-239) certain 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks.
Because of a welding issue with the front axle carrier, the front drive shaft may fracture and result in a loss of motive power. Damage to surrounding components may result if the shaft continues to spin.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace or repair the front axle assembly, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in July. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800 247 9753. The campaign number is N26.
Chrysler is recalling (13V240) certain 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks equipped with optional premium headlamps. The headlamp shutters may function improperly when in the high beam mode.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reconfigure the central body controller, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in July. Owners may contact Chrysler at 800 247 9753. The campaign number is N33.
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PACCAR is recalling (13V-243) certain 2013 and 2014 T440 (Kenworth?) trucks. The tread plate is installed on the entry steps such that it does not align with the cab door opening. As such, it leaves a section of the step without sufficient slip prevention.
PACCAR will notify owners, and dealers will install a new step assembly, free of charge. The recall was to have begun by mid-July. PACCAR’s recall number is 13KWG. Contact number is 425 468 7400.
PACCAR is recalling (13V-244) certain 2014 Kenworth T470 and T800 trucks.
A parameter in the Electronic Service Analysis (ESA) tool was mistakenly switched to disable the start-in-gear protection feature. Because of this, the vehicles may be started while the automatic transmission is in gear.
PACCAR will notify owners and dealers will correct the ESA parameter, free of charge. The recall was to have begun by mid-July. PACCAR’s recall number is 13KWH. Contact number is 425 468 7400.
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Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America is recalling (13V-259) certain 2001 – 2013 Isuzu N-Series; 2001 – 2010 Chevrolet and GMC W-Series; 2001 – 2004 Isuzu FRR and 2001 – 2004 Chevrolet and GMC WT5500 trucks.
The affected vehicles are equipped with an optional oil pan heater RPO code IG3). Debris may collect at the contact point of the heater plug and extension cord. Overheating of the extension cord could melt the oil pan heater plug and/or block heater plug.
Isuzu will notify owners and dealers will inspect the trucks. The extension cord and damaged components will be replaced free of charge. The recall was to have begun in August. Owners may contact Isuzu at 866 441 9638.
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Spartan Motors Chassis is recalling (13V-266) certain 2013 Metro Star and Gladiator emergency vehicles.
Due to electrical signal fluctuations, the circuits in the restraints control module may become damaged. If damaged, the air bag or seat belt pretensioner may inadvertently deploy.
Spartan will notify owners, and dealers will add a suppression device to reduce electrical signal fluctuations, free of charge. The recall was to have begun in mid-July. Owners may contact Spartan Chassis at 517 543 6400.
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Volvo Trucks North America is recalling (13V268) certain 2007 – 2014 models VAH, VHD, VNL, VNM and VT.
The affected vehicles were built without a redundant clutch disengagement switch. Without a redundant switch, a loss of signal from the brake air pressure switch can prevent the clutch from automatically disengaging when the brake is applied.
Without a signal to disengage the clutch when the brakes are applied, the distance required to stop the truck may lengthen.
The remedy for this recall campaign was still under development. It is expected to begin by August 25. Volvo’s recall number is RVXX1303. Owners may contact Volvo at 336 393 2000.
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That’s all for now. Remember, school has started or soon will be starting for our nation’s children. Watch out for them! And let’s all set a good example for the public by respecting the law regarding school bus operations.
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