PACCAR Issues Two Recalls for Peterbilt, Kenworth Trucks
A truck manufacturer announced a pair of recalls this week due to safety concerns.
First, PACCAR Incorporated is recalling almost 300 model year 2012-2013 Peterbilt 579 and 587 trucks and 2011 Kenworth T700 trucks. The affected trucks are equipped with Fontaine Ultra LT Fifth Wheel connectors, which, due to cumulative damage to the fifth wheel and its locking mechanism, have a locking mechanism that may fail to operate or to 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.
PACCAR will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fifth wheel with an Ultra NT model fifth wheel, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Next, the manufacturer is recalling about 30 2016 Kenworth T680, T800, and T880 trucks and 2016 Peterbilt 367, 384, 567, and 579 trucks. The recalled trucks are equipped with Eaton Fuller FR 10-speed manual transmissions.
In the affected vehicles, when the transmission shift lever is moved from reverse to neutral, the reverse gear may stay engaged. When the transmission shift lever is moved from reverse to a forward gear position, the transmission may mechanically lock because both the reverse gear and forward gear are simultaneously engaged. Even though the transmission has been shifted out of reverse into neutral, the vehicle may unexpectedly move backwards, increasing the risk of a crash.
PACCAR will notify the owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the affected transmissions if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Kenworth customer service at (425) 828-5000 or Peterbilt customer service at (940) 591-4000.