Kenworth recalls some 2001 models with HVAC problems

| 11/30/2001

Certain Kenworth 2001 models with HVAC system problems are among the September recalls announced this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some of the trucks reportedly fail to comply with federal requirements for windshield defrosting and defogging systems.

About 2,670 Kenworth C500, T600, T800 and W900s built from March to June 2001 are included in the recall. Problems with windshield and defogging systems could render the mode door in the HVAC system inoperable.

The mode door cam and actuator could bind, causing the cam retaining tabs to shear off. This failure could inhibit the ability to direct air blowing from the HVAC system to the windshield, potentially reducing the driver's visibility.

NHTSA says dealers will inspect the mode door operation and replace the HVAC cab mode housing assembly if necessary. Kenworth reported that owner notification began in October. Owners who do not receive a free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Kenworth at (425) 828-7356.