Trailer Hitch, Electrical Defects Prompt Recalls from Two Truck Firms
Two truck manufacturers are recalling vehicles due to safety concerns.
First, Mack Trucks is recalling about 450 model year 2011-2014 Pinnacle (CHU and CXU) 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.
Mack 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 November 2, 2015.
Next, Navistar is recalling about 75 model year 2016 International ProStar, DuraStar, Paystar, and LoneStar trucks. In the affected vehicles, the Engine Control Module (ECM) may short circuit, causing the engine to stall without warning. An engine that stalls without warning increases the risk of a crash.
Navistar will notify owners, and Cummins dealers will replace the ECM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2015.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Mack customer service at (800) 866-1177, Navistar customer service at (800) 448-7825, and Cummins customer service at (800) 343-7357.