Navistar recalls 16,000 trucks due to fifth wheel problem

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More than 16,000 Navistar International Prostar, LoneStar and TransStar trucks are being voluntarily recalled to correct a potential problem that could cause a trailer to unexpectedly release from the fifth wheel.

The recall, which has been posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, affects those models manufactured from February 2008 to July 2013 and equipped with an electronic fifth wheel jaw release system.

The recall report states that due to an assembly error, the air lines at the isolation/vent valve may not be oriented correctly, which could cause the fifth wheel jaw to release in the event of air leakage at the valve.

Navistar estimated that 25 percent of the identified trucks could have the defect.

“Navistar is making every effort to ensure the safety of our vehicles and is cooperating fully with NHTSA throughout the recall process,” spokeswoman Elissa Maurer said in an email to Land Line on Tuesday. “It is important to note that this air line routing condition does not affect normal operation. The company is notifying customers and International dealers will inspect vehicles and conduct any needed repairs.”

The company is notifying owners, and dealers will inspect the air line routing. If necessary, repairs will be made free of charge. Navistar’s recall number is 13514.

Owners may contact Navistar at 800-448-7825. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236. For more information, click here.

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