Volvo Issues Recall for More Than 20,000 Trucks Over Steering Default
Published On Mar 22, 2016
A defect with the steering has forced Volvo to issue a recall order for almost 20,000 of its trucks in the US. According to the country's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the order was aimed at the VNL, VNX and VNM truck models. Some of the trucks are thought to be missing a roll pin on the steering shafts, leaving the lower steering shaft and the junction block disconnected. The company also estimates that for some of the models, the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may be loosened than the necessary level. Both of these circumstances pose a hazard to the drive safety, potentially separating the steering shaft.
The seriousness of the defect was reasonably intense, with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advising owners of affected vehicles to put them out of service immediately. The body went so far as to threaten penalties to those who failed to abide by this.
FMCSA released an “urgent inspection bulletin”, where it raised awareness of the consequences of driving an affected truck with below par safety standards. It highlighted that this was a violation of FMCSA safety regulation 49 C.F.R. §396.7, where a vehicle in a condition likely to cause an accident or a breakdown was prohibited from use. Vehicles that violate these norms were liable to face various civil penalties among other law enforcement measures.
The remedy for the defect lies in replacing the two-piece steering shaft with a stronger and more reliable, one-piece shaft. Until this was enforced, Volvo as well as the FMCSA urged drivers not to use the vehicles. The truck-maker had sent initial notices out on March 14, and it would be sending a second notice when a final remedy was available.