Ball Joint Corrosion Risk Leads to Truck Recall from Volvo

Ball Joint Corrosion Risk Leads to Truck Recall from Volvo
Image: Pexels
March 02, 2016

Volvo Trucks has issued a recall for vehicles due to an issue impacting the suspension.

The manufacturer is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 VT and certain 2016 model VNL and VNM trucks. The affected vehicles are equipped with USK non-greasable drag links that may experience corrosion of the ball joints, due to the seals being compromised. This condition can result in accelerated wear and failure of the ball joint.

Failure of the ball joint may cause separation of the socket and a complete loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volvo is including more than 2,000 vehicles in its announcement.

The company will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drag links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 15, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Volvo customer service at (800) 528-6586.

Check for Recalls For Your Vehicles

Does your vehicle have any open recalls? Just enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's online recall look-up tool.

If you are an NCCC member, don't forget to register your vehicles for custom auto recall alerts for instant notification of for instant notification of new recalls.

Get Connected with Consumer Connections

Stay up-to-date about issues that really matter! Get the Consumer Connections newsletter!

We're committed to providing you with information you need to make you a better, more informed consumer. Whether it's a vehicle recall, a product recall, or a new scam, we feature it in Consumer Connections.

So why not give it a try? Go on. All of your friends are doing it. It's completely free and comes just once a week.

Don't throw away your good money on unneeded oil changes! Most manufacturers today recommend longer oil changes, such as 6,000 miles, due to improved engine technology, better oils and a better understanding of how oils work. Are you changing your oil more often than is necessary?

Readers have been looking for ways to cut back on costs and have been looking to make those cuts in auto insurance. The main issue then becomes whether to have full coverage or only liability coverage on the vehicle. Before you drop full coverage auto insurance, you'll want to do some thinking.

If you've ever purchased or looked into purchasing a used vehicle, chances are good that you've either seen or at least heard of CARFAX, a service that provides historical information on used vehicles. But just how reliable is the information that CARFAX reports provide? They are only as good as the information that is reported.

We are urging consumers to avoid purchasing model year 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Frontier and Xterra vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission due to a potential defect that could cost thousands of dollars to repair and put the vehicle occupants' safety at risk.