FMCSA Orders U.S. Volvo Tractor-Trailers Out-of-Service
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an order Wednesday stating that all Volvo trucks affected by a recent recall that has yet to be repaired are to be placed out of service.
Volvo had issued a recall on March 10, 2016, which affected nearly 16,000 U.S. trucks including the model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks manufactured between May 11, 2015, and March 8, 2016. The recall cited concerns that the trucks may have been manufactured without a roll pin in the steering shafts.
March Recall Notice From Volvo
The recall notice said that if a roll pin is missing, the lower steering shaft may disconnect from the junction block. Additionally, Volvo’s recall notice said that the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not have been properly tightened.
Either condition can lead to a separation of the steering shaft, which will result in complete loss of steering and likely crash.
Now, the FMCSA is saying that Volvo trucks which have not yet received the interim or permanent recall remedy are likely to cause an accident or break down.
Remedy & Interim Remedies Soon Available
Volvo notified drivers in the initial recall notice that they were in the process of validating an interim remedy. A final notice will be sent when the remedy to the problem becomes available.
The FMCSA, however, told inspectors to perform Level IV inspections on any unrepaired Volvo trucks and place them out-of-service.
According to the agency, carriers and drivers that violate the OOS order will be subject to civil penalties and other enforcement.
Is Your Volvo Affected?
FMCSA supplied a photo and instructions to truck owners to help them determine whether or not their truck is affected.
To identify the Model, Model Year, and Build Date, the agency wrote, locate the certification label on the inside of the driver’s side door.
- Locate Certification Label
- Locate the Build Date: Affected Build date range is May 2015-March 2016
- Locate the 4th digit in the VIN number: Affected vehicles will have an M, N, or X.
According to FMCSA, “vehicles manufactured with a 2 pce steering and both 2 and 3 are affected by the recall.”
Volvo’s recall numbers for this campaign are RVXX1602 and RVXX1603. This recall supersedes safety recall 15V-786. Volvo’s customer service number for owners is 1-877-800-4945.
Crashes Caused By Volvo Trucks?
Trucks affected by the recall were manufactured very recently, so there is not much data on whether or not the steering issue has already caused a crash resulting in property damage or injury.
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