February 8, 2012
Paccar Inc. has recalled about 16,000 2012- and 2013-model Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks equipped with a defective Bendix brake component.
The trucks were built between Jan. 31, 2011, and Jan. 19, 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency said the trucks are equipped with Bendix ATR-6 anti-lock traction relay valves that may leak fluid in temperatures below zero degrees and result in continuous brake application.
The recall includes Kenworth models T660, T700, T800, and W900 and Peterbilt models 384, 386, 387, 389, and 587. Paccar will provide a free, temporary repair until Bendix delivers a permanent remedy. Customers are advised to contact their dealer or call 425-828-5440 for Kenworth, 940-591-4196 for Peterbilt, or the NHTSA hotline at 888-327-4236.
Bendix notified NHTSA of the defect in January after receiving customer complaints about brake issues. The company said a permanent fix is forthcoming.
In addition to Kenworth and Peterbilt models, the valve recall affects trucks made by Navistar International and Volvo Group. Navistar said it has delayed International truck production until a permanent fix is available, and the company predicts the valve problem will contribute to a loss for the quarter that ended Jan. 31.
After postponing deliveries of vehicles affected by the Bendix part defect in January, Volvo began using another valve to continue building trucks at its Virginia plant. Volvo is working with customers to repair trucks already on the road.
Bendix estimated the part problem affected up to 60,000 vehicles.