Volvo recalls nearly 4,000 trucks for brake and steering defects

| Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Volvo is recalling nearly 4,000 VNL, VNM and VAH trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Faulty service brakes in VNL and VNM models and defective steering draglinks in VAH models are the focus of the recall.

VNL and VNM Volvo trucks from 2012 to 2015 have experienced issues with brake handles. Trailer hand brake handles may not return to the off position due to being restricted by the cut out in the trim panel. Service brakes may drag and cause the wheel end to overheat, potentially resulting in a fire or tire blowout.

VAH trucks model year 2012-2016 with a sealed draglink are affected by Volvo’s recent recall. The draglink ball socket boot may be damaged due to the angle of the ball stud, resulting in contaminates entering and corroding the ball socket. Corrosion could cause the separation of the ball joint from the socket. Consequentially, a loss of steering can result and potentially lead to a crash.

Owners and dealers will be notified by Volvo. All repairs will be made free of charge and are expected to begin on Oct. 13. Drivers with affected vehicles can call Volvo customer service at 800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX1503. Owners can also contact NHTSA’s Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit safercar.gov.

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