Transport Canada reviewing police lift axle tests

EDMONTON –Transport Canada confirmed it is taking a closer look at tests which suggest lift axle systems from at least one manufacturer could make stopping difficult on some trucks.

Recent tests by the RCMP’s forensic collision reconstructionist apparently show that weight on some designs of lift axles reach levels that could overstress both axles and tires and lose air in the suspension system, reducing braking power.

The RCMP raised the issue with Transport Canada but was awaiting a response.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Transport Canada is now reviewing the tests, but the department declined to comment further.
No decision has been made about whether a recall the unspecified models.

Provincial transport officials downplayed the RCMP test results, saying lift-axles are not inherently more dangerous than normal axles.

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