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.