Summer truck shows are filled with fun activities, but one event is not all fun and games. Brake Safety Week, which occurs Sept. 11-17, is a commercial vehicle inspection blitz designed to enforce brake safety throughout North America.
Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in a vehicle being placed out of service, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, whose member enforcement agencies conduct the blitz in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Inspectors will check for brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, faulty brake-system components and ABS indicator lamps.
Inspectors will be measuring pushrod stroke when appropriate, CVSA stated in a release.
Last year 18,817 vehicles were inspected. Approximately 12.3 percent were placed OOS for all violations combined – down from 16.2 in 2014. More than 60 percent of the 2015 out-of-service orders were for out-of-adjustment brakes.
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