Mack Trucks has recalled certain models of 2008-2011 CHU and CXU heavy trucks due to problems with the bolts used to secure the fifth wheel to the frame. The trucks were manufactured from January 2008 through July 2010.
Mack Trucks reported that there may be interference with the bolts used to secure the fifth wheel to the frame that can prevent the bolts from being torqued to specification. If not torqued to specification, the bolts may fail and could result in the fifth wheel coming loose causing the trailer to separate from the tractor and increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace bolts at no charge. The safety recall is to begin on or before May 30, 2011. Owners may contact Mack Trucks at 1-800-866-1177 (recall no. SC0351).
Semi Accident Lawyer for Product Liability
If you have been involved in a semi accident where the trailer became detached from the cab, you may have a product liability claim in addition to a lawsuit against the trucking company. Product liability claims are complex and require skilled representation.
PritzkerOlsen, P.A. is recognized as a leader in the area of product liability and recall lawsuits. Attorney Eric Hageman had a leadership position in recent multidistrict litigation (like a class action lawsuit). He represented people with multiple fractures, amputations, traumatic brain injury (TBI), chest injuries and other serious injuries. These cases were recently settled.
A Navistar Workhorse truck recall has been issued due to the possibility of a fuel leak, which poses a fire hazard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. Two Navistar Workhorse models are being recalled by Navistar, Inc.:
- Workhorse R26 Model year 2011
- Workhorse W22 Model year 2011
These models were manufactured from February of 2007 through May of 2010 and could pose a fuel leak and vehicle fire hazard because their gas cap assemblies contain materials that are non-compliant with design specifications. According to the recall announcement:
“THE FUEL-FILL CAP ASSEMBLIES USED TO SEAL THE UNUSED SIDE OF THE DUAL-FILL GASOLINE FUEL TANK WERE PRODUCED WITH A HOSE MATERIAL THAT DID NOT MEET DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS. DURING NORMAL USAGE THE HOSE MATERIAL MAY DETERIORATE WHICH MAY RESULT IN FUEL LEAKS.”
Over one thousand trucks are involved in the recall. Navistar dealers will repair the fuel cap assemblies with the correct materials free of charge.
Over 13,000 Freightliner trucks are being recalled by Daimler Trucks North America, the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) announced. The trucks have a fuel pump that could develop a crack and lead to a fuel leak, which increases the risk of a truck accident.
The Daimler Freightliner recall includes model years 2009 through 2011. These models were manufactured between February 2009 and July 2010 and may have a defect that could lead to a fuel leak. According to the NHTSA announcement:
“EQUIPPED WITH SPECIFIC DD13 AND DD15 ENGINES ASSEMBLED WITH A BOSCH HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP ELEMENT WHICH MAY DEVELOP A CRACK DUE TO HYDROGEN INDUCED STRESS CORROSION. OVER TIME THE BARREL OF THE BOSCH HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP ELEMENT USED ON SPECIFIC DD13/DD15 ENGINES MAY DEVELOP A CRACK DUE TO HYDROGEN INDUCED STRESS CORROSION RESULTING IN A DIESEL FUEL LEAK.”
Daimler Freightliner Truck Recall Models
Dealers will perform free repairs on the trucks.
A truck recall of more than 63,000 Volvo semi tractor trailer trucks has been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These Volvo VNL and VNM trucks are being recalled because a defect relating to the drag link and ball socket could cause complete loss of steering control to the driver, posing a serious risk of a semi truck or tractor trailer accident.
The recalled Volvo truck defect models include 2001 through 2006 vehicles. Volvo dealers will make necessary repairs and inspections for the ball sockets and drag link. Owners may also contact Volvo.
Semi Truck Accident Liability: Defective Parts
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the government agency that regulates the commercial trucking industry. Part of these regulations include laws that deal with the working order of truck parts, including brakes, tires, etc. Drivers, trucking companies and manufacturers are required by law to take certain steps to ensure the good working order of commercial trucks so they don’t jeopardize the safety of public roadways for other motorists.
If a semi truck or tractor trailer accident should occur due to a defective truck part, victims of that accident could bring a truck accident lawsuit against the trucking company, the driver, the manufacturer, and potentially others.