FMCSA announces urgent truck safety recall

Agency urges owners to take vehicles out-of-service, operators may face penalties

Posted March 23, 2016

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling 15,835 units, which include certain model year 2016-2017 Volvo VNL, VNM, VNX, according to a bulletin issued by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (FMCSA).

FMCSA warns that a critical safety defect could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. This condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning and an immediate loss of steering ability and control which may lead to a vehicle crash.

Operators of vehicles affected by the recall should take the vehicles out of service as soon as possible, according to FMCSA.

FMCSA and state inspectors are advised that certain 2016 and 2017 Volvo and Mack Titan model trucks may be affected by the recall.

In addition to being a serious safety issue, FMCSA says continuing to operate these vehicles could be considered a violation of 49 C.F.R. §396.7, which prohibits operation of a vehicle in a condition likely to cause an accident or a breakdown. Safety demands that operators of these vehicles take prompt and appropriate action to ensure this issue is addressed. Motor carriers that violate applicable regulations may face enforcement action including, but not limited to, civil penalties and a finding that the defect constitutes an out-of-service condition.

Volvo has advised that carriers contact the Volvo Customer Support line below to determine what, if any, action is necessary. If FMCSA or state inspectors identify a potentially affected vehicle, the driver should be directed to call Volvo prior to proceeding, and to follow the instructions provided by Volvo.

Volvo Customer Support

(877) 800-4945; Option 1

Find more on the Safety Recall Report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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