International, Volvo trucks listed in NHTSA's Sept. recalls

| Wednesday, October 30, 2002

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Oct. 29 released a list of auto safety recalls announced in September 2002.

This list identifies the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem and corrective action:

NHTSA Recall No. 02V260/International Recall No. 02513
International Truck and Engine Corporation Models:
International 3200 Years: 2002-2003
International 4200 Years: 2002-2003
International 4300 Years: 2002-2003
International 4400 Years: 2002-2003

A potential 11,204 are involved manufactured between November 2000 and April 2002.

The defect: On certain medium and heavy-duty trucks built with driveline parking brake codes 04GAR, the parking brake assembly may not hold the vehicle in position when set. Possible contributing factors: cracked or broken cams; loose or broken anchor bolts; initial shoe diameter not set properly during assembly, which can lead to progressive component damage; bent adjuster levers that cannot function; or automatic adjuster cables that are disconnected.

If the parking brake does not function properly, the vehicle could roll, without warning, after the parking brake lever has been set, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the cam, lever and bolt. The manufacturer has reported owner notification is expected to begin during December 2002. Owners should contact International at 1-800-448-7825.

NHTSA Recall No. 02V265/International Recall No. 02514
International's 9200 Years: 2002-2003
International's 9400 Years: 2002-2003
International's 9900 Years: 2002-2003.

A potential 2,129 trucks are involved manufactured between June and September of 2002.

The defect: On certain heavy-duty trucks, the joint between the lower portion of the steering column and the upper end of the intermediate steering shaft may have a missing or loose pinch bolt. This condition could also occur at the lower end of the intermediate steering shaft at the steering gear connection. If a pinch bolt is missing or vibrates loose, the shaft could separate from the steering column or steering gear, and allow slippage between the joined shafts, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy: Dealers will inspect both ends of the shaft to ensure the pinch bolt is installed and/or properly torqued. If the bolt and nut are missing, a new bolt, nut, and washer will be installed. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during October 2002. Owners should contact International at 1-800-448-7825.

NHTSA Recall No. 02V238/Volvo Recall No. RVXX0298
Volvo Trucks North America Inc.,
Volvo WIA Years: 1990-2002
Volvo WG Years: 1990-2002
Volvo WCA Years: 1990-2002
Volvo VNM Years: 1990-2002
Volvo VNL Years: 1990-2002

The potential number of trucks involved is 5,532 manufactured between November 1990 and July 2002.

Noncompliance: Certain Class 8 heavy-duty trucks fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The two tail lamps, back-up lamp, and license tag lamp were mounted on insufficiently rigid mounts. This does not meet the requirements of the standard.

The remedy: Dealers will attach the two tail lamps, back-up lamp, and the license tag lamp on stiffer brackets. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during October 2002. Owners should contact Volvo Trucks at 1-800-528-6586.

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