Commercial vehicles among latest NHTSA recalls

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified its latest vehicle recalls, some of which include commercial equipment.

Among them are selected:

  • 2013 Peterbilt 367s made between April 18 and June 29, 2012 may be labeled with the incorrect Gross Axle Weight Rating and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating information. New labels will be replaced free of charge.
  • 2014-2017 Freightliner M2 Business Class 108 SD, 114 SD, Cascadia, Coronado, Western Star 4700, 4800 and 5700 XE trucks made between March 15, 2013 and July 29, 2016, and equipped with Conmet aluminum non-high capacity hubs, may specify a front axle weight limit above the actual hub capacity. That recall is to begin October 27.
  • 2014-2015 Groupe Cambli beverage trailers manufactured between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and equipped with selected Bendix SR5 spring brake valves. The valves may be improperly machined. Cambli will notify owners and Bendix dealers will make the repairs.
  • 2013-2017 Freightliner Cascadias made between September 24, 2012 and May 27, 2015, and equipped with Compressed Natural Gas engines. The Power Distribution Modules mounted near the fuel tank might be exposed to water and road contaminants, causing a potential short circuit. Daimler dealers will relocate the modules free of charge.
  • 2016-2017 Freightliner M2 Business Class and 114 SD trucks made March 10, 2015 to July 11, 2016, may have brake caliper mounting bolts that were incorrectly torqued. Dealers will inspect and tighten them as needed.
  • 2015-2016 Con-Gear Converter Dolly Trailers made March 31, 2014 to August 6, 2015 have frames that may crack on the counterbalance leg weld seam or the top plate. Dealers will inspect the dollies and add welds and weld plugs on the inboard side of the counterbalance legs. If the welding does not resolve the issue, the dolly frame will be replaced.

Owners of selected vehicles may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov for more information.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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