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Faulty spotlight fuse prompts recall of nearly 6,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks

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Certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks equipped with optional spotlights are being recalled due to a potential circuitry problem.

Nearly 6,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks equipped with optional spotlights are being recalled due to a potential circuitry problem that could cause a fire, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

Paccar is recalling approximately 5,731 trucks because the optional spotlight circuit on the affected trucks “may not be adequately protected in the event of a short,” increasing the risk of fire at the fuse block.  Affected trucks include:

  • 2013-2017 Kenworth T680 and T880 models manufactured between Jan. 25, 2012, and Nov. 10, 2016
  • 2013-2016 Peterbilt 567 and 579 models manufactured between July 13, 2012, and Dec. 14, 2016

Paccar says the cause of the problem is currently unknown, and multiple fires have occurred that appear to have originated in the spotlight circuit.

NHTSA says Paccar will notify owners beginning Aug. 31, and will change the polyfuse switch in the spotlight circuit to a standard fuse, free of charge, to fix the problem.

Affected truck owners can contact Paccar customer service with Paccar recall numbers 17KWC and 717-B. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-471.

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