PACCAR, Navistar issue recalls

News Jason Cannon June 17, 2013

PACCAR says it is recalling new Kenworth and Peterbilt units over a defect in the ignition switch.

The recall affects model year 2014 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880, and W900 trucks manufactured May 6, 2013 through May 17, 2013 and model year 2014 Peterbilt 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 386, 388, 389, 389K, 567, 579 and 587 trucks manufactured May 1, 2013 through May 17, 2013.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an internal defect in the ignition switch could cause the starter to engage while a key is partially inserted but not turned, which could cause injury to someone working in the engine compartment.

Additionally, vehicles with standard transmissions may experience unexpected movement. PACCAR says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace affected ignition switches at no cost.

Navistar says it plans to recall more than 9,500 ProStar and TranStar trucks over problems with the S-cam tubes on steer-axle brake assemblies made by Meritor.

In a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency says the trucks were made from August 2011 through July 2012 and sold in the United States, Canada and into export markets.

R.L. Van Laar, Navistar’s compliance manager, says in a letter that the brake S-cam tube bracket assemblies on steer axles could show fractures between the wing bracket and the tube steel when mounted to stamped brake spiders, the foundation for brake assemblies.

Navistar said it will notify truck owners via mail no later than Aug. 23.

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