Recalls issued on five Volvo models

| Friday, December 21, 2001

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.

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