Potential clutch issue prompts Volvo to recall 23,000 trucks

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A lack of a redundant clutch disengagement switch is being cited as the source of a voluntary recall of more than 23,000 Volvo commercial trucks.

The affected vehicles were built without a redundant clutch disengagement switch, according to information filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Without a redundant switch, a loss of signal from the brake air pressure switch can prevent the clutch from automatically disengaging when the brake is applied. Without a signal to disengage the clutch when the brakes are applied, the distance required to stop the truck may lengthen, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall affects certain model year 2007-2014 VAH, VHD, VNL, VNM, and VT models. A spokesman with the company declined to comment beyond the information released through NHTSA.

Volvo Trucks North America issued the manufacturer’s report to NHTSA on June 25. The agency’s report states that the remedy for the recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin by Aug. 25. Volvo’s recall number is RVXX1303.

Owners can contact Volvo at 336-393-2000. They can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or through the agency’s website.

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