Faulty brake lining cited in Navistar recall

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Navistar is recalling more than 8,900 commercial trucks due to a defect in the brake cable lining, according to a release from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The vehicles in question are model year 2012-2013 International brand ProStar and TranStar commercial trucks, manufactured from Aug. 1, 2011, through July 10, 2012. The trucks are equipped with front brake linings listed as feature codes 0504501, 0504504, or 04EWM.

The brake S-Cam tube bracket assemblies on the steer axles may fracture, resulting in “an inoperative brake on the affected wheel,” according to NHTSA’s release.

The vehicle population is thought to include 7,591 ProStar model trucks in the USA, and another 1,111 in Canada, as well as 165 TranStar trucks in the U.S. and 45 trucks in Canada. It is estimated that 100 percent of the vehicles in the suspect population could have the defect.

“This will cause the vehicle to pull to one side unexpectedly during braking and/or increase the stopping distance,” the release stated, either of which “could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.”

A recall notice was previously issued, but the latest notice expands the vehicle manufacturing date to include another build month.

Navistar first received reports of broken S-Cam tubes from the wing brackets on front steer axles on June 13, 2012. The safety recall was first declared by the company on Nov. 14, 2012. In April of this year, the company expanded its suspect population based on a review of manufacturing dates with the suspected components.

A remedy is expected to be available in August 2013. Dealers will replace the S-Cam tube bracket assemblies, free of charge.

Owners may contact Navistar at 800-448-7825. Navistar's number for this recall is 12530. This recall supersedes recall 12V-546.

Owners may also contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236. For more information, click here.

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