Urgent Recall Announced by Volvo Trucks Due to Steering Loss
Volvo Trucks has announced a recall for vehicles with a potential steering defect.
The manufacturer is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks. The trucks may have been manufactured without a roll pin on the steering shafts. If the roll pin is missing, the lower steering shaft may disconnect from the junction block.
Also, the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not have been properly tightened. Either condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft.
Separation of the steering shaft will result in complete loss of steering, which greatly increases the risk of a vehicle crash.
Volvo Trucks believes that about 16,000 trucks are impacted by this defect.
The company is strongly recommending that the affected vehicles not be driven until the final remedy is available. Volvo is validating an interim remedy that it expects to make available very shortly, while it develops a permanent fix. Both remedies are free of charge. Volvo will mail all owners notifying them of the defect and the interim remedy by mid-March 2016. A second notice will be sent when the final remedy is available.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact Volvo Trucks at (877) 800-4945, option 1.