Defects in Hand Brake, Drag Link Socket Boot Prompt Recall from Volvo

Defects in Hand Brake, Drag Link Socket Boot Prompt Recall from Volvo
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September 16, 2015

Volvo announced two recalls this week to fix safety issues present in three models of trucks.

First, Volvo is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 VNL and VNM trucks. In affected vehicles, the trailer hand brake handle may not to return to the off position due to being restricted by the cut out in the trim panel. Even if the brake handle does return to the off position, the trailer service brakes may drag, causing the wheel end to overheat and potentially cause a wheel end fire or tire blowout. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Volvo reports that almost 3,000 trucks are potentially suffering from this defect.

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the trim panel slot and make it longer, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Oct. 13, 2015.

Owners may contact Volvo customer service at (800) 258-6586.

Second, Volvo is recalling certain model year 2012-2016 VAH trucks equipped with a sealed drag link. In the affected trucks, the draglink ball socket boot may be damaged due to the angle of the ball stud. A damaged boot may allow contaminants to enter and corrode the ball socket.

Corrosion will accelerate wear of the ball, possibly resulting in the ball joint separating from the socket, causing loss of steering and an increased risk of a crash. About 1,300 trucks are believed to be impacted by the damaged boot.

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drag link with one that has an improved geometry, free of charge. This recall is also expected to begin by Oct. 13, 2015.

Customers affected by this issue should call (800) 528-6586.