More than eight months after recalling nearly 16,000 U.S. trucks for a serious steering defect, Volvo Trucks North America has announced that it has reached a 100 percent recall completion rate, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation news release.
Model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX and VNM trucks were recalled on Feb. 17 due to a steering defect. Some trucks may have been missing a roll pin on the steering shafts, potentially disconnecting the lower steering shaft from the junction block. Additionally, the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not have been properly tightened. Both situations can cause the steering shaft to separate.
The recall also affects certain 2016-2017 Mack Titan trucks, according to an FMCSA safety recall alert.
According to the press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took the unprecedented step of reaching out to its sister agency and requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration assist in getting the recalled commercial vehicles brought to a stop.
The defect was so significant that FMCSA urged owners to take affected vehicles out of service as soon as possible or face possible penalties, including being placed out of service. Volvo and FMCSA strongly recommended that owners refrain from driving affected vehicles until the final remedy – replacing the two-piece steering shaft with a one-piece shaft – was available.
On March 25, Volvo had reached a completion rate of approximately 74 percent. The U.S. DOT called a 100 percent completion rate “rare.”
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