OOIDA documents NHTSA Volvo investigation

| 4/12/2002

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted part of a March 21, 2001 petition from OOIDA alleging safety defects in heavy-duty trucks made by Volvo Trucks North America.

"The part of the petition that was denied was not totally unexpected given the broad nature of the complaints," said OOIDA President Jim Johnston.

Although NHTSA opened its investigation in December 2001 of trucks made between 1998 and 2000, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) wanted a larger investigation covering nine problem areas on 1989 to 2000 model year trucks.

In an April 9 Federal Register notice, NHTSA said it is investigating only steering defects and steer axle U-bolt failures on VN-610, 660 and 770 series trucks built during 1999-2000. NHTSA already has an investigation underway regarding alleged real axle U-bolt problems on 1998-2000 VN-610, 660, and 700-series trucks.

Meanwhile, NHTSA has asked Volvo to expand its voluntary recall initiated last March to include an investigation of possible front axle problems in all of Volvo's trucks.

--Dick Larsen, senior editor