Volvo issues Safety Recall No. RVXX0205

| Monday, August 05, 2002

Volvo Trucks of North America in accordance with the requirements of the National Highway Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act has issued a safety recall on certain heavy-duty truck models effective immediately.

Volvo Trucks North America Inc. has decided that a defect that relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain ACL, VN, VHD, WAH, WG, and WX model vehicles built from June 14, 1999, through Aug. 31, 2000. The steer axle tie rod, ball-socket assembly ball stud may separate from the socket due to premature wear. If this event occurs, steering control of the right wheel will be lost, resulting in increased steering effort without warning and a potential for a vehicle accident.

There are no precautions you can take other than having a Volvo truck dealer replace the suspect steer axle tie rod ball-socket assemblies. This will be done at no charge to you regardless of your vehicle's age or mileage, at a Volvo truck dealership. The labor time required to repair your vehicle is about two hours.

Volvo Trucks North America is urging owners to immediately contact a Volvo truck dealer for a service appointment to have the vehicle repaired. Parts are currently available for shipment to the dealer scheduling a service appointment.

Note: If your vehicle had new steer axle tie rod ball-sockets installed as a result of recall RVXX0005 or RVXX0108 your vehicle is okay and no further action is required on your part and you should ignore this notification. If your vehicle has not been modified within a reasonable time period, please contact Volvo Trucks North America Recall Department, PO Box 26115, Greensboro, NC, 27402-6115 or call toll-free 1-800-528-6586.

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