PACCAR Issues Three Recalls For Two Brands Due to Safety Concerns

PACCAR Issues Three Recalls For Two Brands Due to Safety Concerns
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August 20, 2015

PACCAR Incorporated announced three separate recalls this month in response to various safety issues.

First, the Bellevue, WA-based truck manufacturer recalled certain model year 2011-2016 Kenworth T440, T470, T660, T680, and T880 trucks equipped with HID Headlamps and the option for Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). The DRLs are required to deactivate when the hazard warning lights are activated, however, the DRLs on these vehicles override the hazard flashing functionality after the brake pedal is pushed for more than two seconds. Normal hazard flashing functionality returns once the service brake is released. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."

If the hazard warning lamps are overridden by the DRL, oncoming vehicles may fail to be warned, increasing the risk of a crash.

Second, PACCAR recalled certain model year 2016 Kenworth T440, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880, and W900 trucks. The affected vehicles are equipped with an SR-7 spring brake valve assembly that may have had the primary and secondary service brake applications installed in reverse. In the event of a failure in the primary or secondary circuit, the redundant circuit would not provide adequate service brake functionality, increasing the risk of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 121, "Air Brake Systems."

Kenworth will notify owners affected by both recalls, and correct the issue free of charge. The recalls are expected to begin Sept. 17, 2015. Customers with questions can contact Kenworth at (425) 828-5000.

Lastly, PACCAR recalled certain model year 2012-2016 Peterbilt 365, 367, 384, 386, 388, 389, 567, 579, and 587 trucks. The affected trucks, equipped with extended-body Leece Neville alternators, have alternator charge cables that may chafe against a formed metal Freon discharge line. If the alternator cable rubs through its insulation, an electrical short may occur, increasing the risk of a fire.

Peterbilt will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the alternator charge cable away from the metal Freon line and install a plastic insulator on the cable end, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 17, 2015. Owners may contact Peterbilt customer service at (940) 591-4000.