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