More than 12,000 Kenworth trucks recalled for hazard light defect

| Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Approximately 12,551 Kenworth trucks have been recalled because of an issue with the headlamps overriding the hazard warning lights, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall notice.

Five different Kenworth models from 2011 to 2016 are affected. Those trucks with HID headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) may have issues with the hazard lights. When hazard warning lights are activated, DRLs are required to deactivate. However, after the brake pedal is pressed for more than two seconds, the DRLs will override the flashing hazard lights. Affected vehicles could potentially fail to warn oncoming vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2011-2016 Kenworth T440
  • 2011-2016 Kenworth T470 
  • 2011-2016 Kenworth T660 
  • 2011-2016 Kenworth T680 
  • 2011-2016 Kenworth T880

Owners will be notified by Kenworth, and the can controller software will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Sept. 17. Owners may contact Kenworth customer service at 425-828-5000. Kenworth's number for this recall is 15KWL.

Affected vehicle owners can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.

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