Navistar Announces Recall for Trucks with Defective Trailer Hitches
A truck manufacturer is issuing a recall due to faulty trailer hitches in its vehicles.
Navistar, Inc. announced a recall this week for certain model year 2011-2014 International ProStar, 2012-2014 International LoneStar trucks, and 2011-2013 International TranStar trucks that are equipped with Fontaine Ultra LT Fifth Wheel connectors. Cumulative damage to the fifth wheel and its locking mechanism can cause the locking mechanism to fail to operate or properly engage.
If the fifth wheel and locking mechanism are sufficiently damaged, the locking mechanism may fail to operate as intended and the trailer may unexpectedly detach from the tractor, increasing the risk of a crash.
Navistar is including about 3,800 trucks in this recall.
Navistar will notify owners, and Fontaine dealers will replace the fifth wheel with an Ultra NT model fifth wheel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015.
Owners with questions about this recall should contact Navistar customer service at (800) 448-7825 or Fontaine customer service at (844) 597-7393.