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Almost 19,000 trucks recalled for steer axle issue that could result in crash

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for nearly 19,000 Paccar and Navistar trucks for a steer axle defect that could result in a loss of steering capability.

The recall affects trucks that are equipped with certain Spicer D or E series steer axles. According to NHTSA documents, “the castellated nut on the steer axles may not be properly torqued, allowing the tie rod to loosen … If the tie rod loosens, it may disconnect from the steering knuckle, causing a complete loss of steering and increasing the risk of a crash.

Peterbilt, International, And Kenworth Models To Be Recalled In November

The recall impacts an estimated 17,737 Paccar trucks. Here are the models that are part of the recall:

  • 2016 Peterbilt models 220, 320, 325, 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 386, 389, 389G, 567, 579, and 587.
  • 2016 Kenworth models  K170, T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880 and W900.

Paccar will begin to notify truck owners of the recall next month:

PACCAR will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the torque of the castellated nut and tie rod, tightening it as necessary. If the tie rod stud and knuckle on units cannot be sufficiently torqued, the dealer will replace the knuckle and tie rod end assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 10, 2017. Owners may contact Peterbilt customer service at 1-940-591-4000 or Kenworth customer service at 1-425-828-5000. PACCAR’s number for this recall is P817-C.

You can click here to view the NHTSA safety recall report for the above models.

Navistar is also recalling 1,175 vehicles for the same steer axle defect. These vehicles include 2016 International 9900I, Durastar, Prostar, Lonestar, Terrastar, Transtar, and Workstar models.

According to NHTSA documents, “Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the torque of the castellated nut and tie rod, tightening it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 17, 2017. Owners may contact Navistar customer service at 1-331-332-1590. Navistar’s number for this recall is 17507.”

You can click here to view the NHTSA safety recall report for the above models.

In late September, the same steer axle defect resulted in the recall of approximately 1000 Mack, Volvo, and Autocar trucks. Click here for more information.

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