Volvo and International issue separate safety recalls

| Friday, January 27, 2006

Volvo Trucks North America’s issued a voluntary recall of approximately 42,000 Volvo VN and VHD model trucks manufactured from November 2002 to January 2006 equipped with Volvo D12D engines.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Volvo informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the voluntary recall, which stems from the possible cracking or breaking of exhaust gas recirculation – commonly referred to as EGR – cooler inlet pipes, which connect the EGR valve to the cooler.

Volvo is sending letters to its customers informing them of the recall, and the company will inspect pipes and replace any defective parts. Volvo will also install protective heat shields on the trucks as a backup in case the EGR pipes fail.

Failure of these pipes leads to heat built up and possible fire. No one has been injured, but Volvo has reported two cases of fire, according to Jim McNamara, Volvo senior communications manager.

The estimated repair time is one hour, McNamara is telling customers.

The VT, VN and VHD models are assembled at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, VA, with the engines being produced in Hagerstown, MD.

International Truck and Engine Corp. also has an active recall in place. The company is recalling 5000 and 9000 series trucks with Caterpillar C15 diesel engines manufactured in 2004 and 2005 because of the possibility of an oil-line break.

The recall affects 1,714 International trucks, including 1,371 in the U.S., 333 in Canada and 10 exports.

International reported that an oil line could be cut by the cylinder head, if not correctly positioned. The oil line in question is part of the variable valve actuation, which could wear against the cylinder head and cause an oil leak or fire, the company reported to NHTSA.

Caterpillar is footing the cost of the remedy and the customer notifications. International 5000 and 9000 owners with C15 diesels can call Caterpillar at (309) 675-6496, or International at 1-800-448-7825.

Customers can also call the NHTSA highway safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit safercar.gov.

The recall reference number for International is 06V004000.

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