Certain International 2001 models are among the February recalls announced this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of problems with rear suspension that could cause sudden loss of vehicle control.
About 1,440 International 4300 and 4400s built between October 2000 and October 2001 equipped with IROS rear suspensions are affected. According to the recall notice, four bolts and nuts holding the main support member bushing bar pins to the main support member hangers were incorrectly tightened. NHTSA warns the nuts could work loose or fall off allowing the bolts to fatigue and fail the connection between a main support member bushing frame hanger. Separation of the main support member assembly from the frame mounted hanger bracket could result increasing the risk of sudden loss of control of the vehicle.
NHTSA says dealers will install four new nuts and bolts and tighten to specification. International reported that owner notification began in April. Owners who do not receive a free remedy within a reasonable time should contact International at 1-800-448-7825.
Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recalls, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of vehicle by calling the agency's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or on the Internet at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.