NHTSA recalls Macks over bad hose

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling certain Mack Trucks due to a faulty power-steering hose.

The recall covers two models: the Mack CX and the Mack CH. Affected trucks were manufactured between September, 2000 and December, 2001. A total of 869 rigs are included in the recall, the administration says.

The defective equipment involves the R. H. Sheppard M90 steering gears.

An incorrect hose was used for the high-pressure line between the power steering pump and the steering gear. The hose is rated at 2000 pounds-per-square-inch, while it should be rated at 3000 psi.

“This hose could develop a leak or burst while in service,” the administration says. If the line were to burst, steering control would still be maintained, but a loss of power assist will be experienced, it says.

Dealers will replace the steering hose.

The NHTSA says that Mack has not yet set a notification schedule for notifying owners. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mack at 610-709-3011.

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