Volvo issues safety recall over faulty two-piece steering shaft

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks has issued a safety recall for certain 2016 and 2017 model year trucks and is advising owners to take them out of service immediately.

There are 2,803 affected trucks in Canada and 15,835 in the US. The safety recall covers VNL, VNM and VNX models manufactured between May 11, 2015 and March 8, 2016.

The problem is in relation to the two-piece steering shaft.

“We recently learned of four cases in which the steering failed on vehicles equipped with a certain two-piece steering shaft,” John Mies, corporate communications manager with Volvo Trucks North America confirmed to “Based on our inquiry into these incidents, we are proactively contacting the owners of the affected vehicles and directing them to take the vehicles out of service as soon as possible, and we have issued a safety recall. We have also stopped delivery of any vehicles equipped with the component. We will replace all the two-piece shafts with a one-piece shaft as soon as the parts are available.”

Mies added: “We are completely committed to the safety of our customers and those they share the road with, and we are keeping NHTSA and Transport Canada advised as we address this issue. We’ve worked as quickly as possible to advise customers to remove the affected vehicles from service, and we’re working as quickly as possible to address the problem.”

James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 18 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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