Transport Canada is issuing
recalls on several heavy-duty Volvo truck models. Models ACL, VN, WAH, and
WX from 1999 to 2001 have been flagged as possibly being affected. The same
recalls were issued by the National Highway Traffic Administration on U.S.
Volvo Class 8 trucks in August.
Their steer axle tie
rod ball-socket assembly ball stud may separate from the socket due to premature
wear. If this occurs, there will be no steering control to the right steer
axle with the potential for a vehicle crash. The correction is to have the
questionable tie rod ball-socket and assembly inspected and replaced if necessary
by a dealer. If the part is not replaced the driver could lose partial control
of the right front wheel, possibly resulting in a crash. In a separate recall,
another 69 Class 8 Volvo VNLs were built with the wrong lower steering shaft.
The wrong steering column to steering gear shaft may have been installed in
these vehicles. Using the shorter VNM shaft could result in the steering shaft
being operated outside the normal operating range resulting in accelerated
wear in the shaft with the potential for loss of steering as a result.