VOLVOS RECALLED FOR FRONT AXLE PROBLEMS

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America has recalled 1,577 heavy-duty trucks built between November 1997 and August 1999 due to inaccurate front-axle weight ratings.

According to news service Reuters, Volvo Trucks March 22 filed a notice of the recall with federal regulators. The recall was issued in the wake of complaints from owners, who complained that incorrect tire rating information was used to calculate the weight ratings.

“When operating bobtail (without a trailer) with full fuel tanks and two occupants with an allowance for personal belongings, the actual gross axle weight may exceed the stated rating found on the weight certification label,” the company explains in a notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volvo adds it will either replace the weight certification label with a correct one, replace front axle tires, rims or tie rod tubes, or replace or relocate fuel tanks to bring the trucks into compliance with federal standards.

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley plant in Virginia produced about 25,000-30,000 trucks a year during the years of the recall.

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