NHTSA recall no. 02V174/International recall no. 02507

| Friday, August 23, 2002

Certain International 2000-2002 models are among the July recalls announced Aug. 22 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

More than 13,000 International 4300 and 4400s built between October 2000 to May 2002 equipped with manual transmissions, lower clutch rods with turnbuckles reportedly are "failing from fatigue near the turnbuckle due to bending forces experienced during each clutch pedal cycle."

According to the recall notice, the clutch rod can break without warning and make it difficult to shift. If the clutch rod breaks while the vehicle is stopped or decelerating, the vehicle could lunge unexpectedly in the direction of the selected gear, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA says dealers will replace the clutch rod assembly with a solid rod design that doesn't have a turnbuckle. International reported that owner notification began July 19. Owners who do not receive the 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.

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