Trailer Hitch, Electrical Issues Prompt Two Volvo Truck Recalls
A truck manufacturer is announcing two recalls due to trailer hitch and electrical defects.
Volvo Trucks North America is recalling almost 700 model year 2011-2013 VAH, VNL, and VNM 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.
Volvo 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, Volvo is recalling about 100 model year 2012-2014 Volvo VNL trucks. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Electric Auxiliary Power Units (APU), part number BA600, manufactured by Idle Free Systems (IFS). The affected APUs have metal housings whose mounting points may crack and tear. Additionally, the mounting bolts of the power units may loosen or possibly fail.
If the mounting points crack and tear or the attaching bolts loosen or fail, the power unit may detach from the truck, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
Volvo will notify owners and IFS dealers will inspect the APU for damage and, where needed, install a welded gusset upgrade kit to strengthen the APU C-channels. All units will receive stronger clamping brackets. The recall is expected to begin November 20, 2015.
Owners with questions about either recall can contact Volvo customer service at (800) 528-6586.