About 1,340 trucks from Kenworth and Peterbilt have been recalled due to an interntal defect that could cause the engine to start before the key is turned in the ignition, according to a recall posted in late May on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
2014 year model Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880 and W900 trucks manufactured between May 6 and May 17 of this year have the defect, as do 2014 year model Peterbilt 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 386, 388, 389, 389K, 567, 579 and 587 trucks manufactured between May 1 and May 17.
The defective ignition switches cause the trucks’ starters to engage when the key is partially inserted but not turned.
“Unintended engine startup could cause injury to a person working in the engine compartment. Vehicles with standard transmissions may experience unexpected movement, which may result in personal injury or a crash,” the recall says.
Paccar says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switches free of charge. Affected owners can call Kenworth at 425-828-5000, and affected Peterbilt owners can call 940-591-4000. The number on the Kenworth recall is 13KWF. Peterbilt’s is 0513-E.