Feds announce recalls of several products, parts

| Monday, April 11, 2005

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently announced the following recalls and outlined the procedure for each recall.

Accuride
Accuride initiated a recall in March on its Accuride brand 22.5-by-8.25 15-degree aluminum wheels. Approximately 640 units may be affected by the recall.

Wheels manufactured between Jan. 15 and 17 may not have been properly pre-stressed and may experience premature cracking on the disc face that could result in failure.

Accuride will notify its customers and replace the wheels free of charge. Customers can contact Accuride at 1-800-869-2275. Customers may also contact NHTSA’s auto safety hot line at 1-888-327-4236.

Mack
Mack Trucks Inc. issued a recall of its power-train axle assemblies. Approximately 424 units may be affected.

On certain trucks, there may be interference between the dust shield mounting bolt and the knuckle on the front axle. As a result, the bolt joint between the wheel end and the knuckle may not meet torque requirements. This could result in vibration or brake performance issues, including diminished braking capability.

The recall is expected to begin on April 25.

Mack has also issued a recall on its air, disc and chamber service brakes for certain heavy duty Class 8 trucks. Approximately 291 units may be affected.

On certain trucks equipped with air suspension proprietary axles and adjustable length torque rods, interference between the adjustable torque rod and the brake chamber on the left side of the chassis may exist. This spring brake chamber clamp ring could possibly become distorted over time, resulting in a loss of air, which could lead to the spring brake at the chamber being inadvertently applied.

This recall is expected to begin on April 18.

Customers should contact Mack Trucks at (610) 709-2131. Customers may also contact NHTSA’s auto safety hot line at 1-888-327-4236.

Freightliner
Freightliner has issued a recall on several models of its engine cooling systems built between 2001 and 2004.

About 3,200 of the company’s Freightliner Business Class M2, Sterling A-Line, Sterling Acterra and Sterling L-Line models may be affected by the recall.

On certain trucks equipped with KYS 4735-43782-02 engine cooling fans and built on Caterpillar 3126, C7, MBE906, MBE926 or Cummins ISC engines, the steel fan insert on the cooling fans can crack. This can result in fan breakage, resulting in vehicle damage.

The recall is expected to begin in May. Owners should contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712. Customers may also contact NHTSA’s auto safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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