800 Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks recalled due to potential fire risks

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Paccar says it will recall more than 800 2012 and 2014 model year Kenworth K300 and Peterbilt 210 and 220 chassis equipped with Sure Power-brand battery equalizers or DC converters containing a particular epoxy potting compound.

The specific potting compound used for electrical insulation was found capable of conducting electricity after being exposed to heat, resulting in an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Paccar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective component with a new battery equalizer or DC-DC converter, free of charge. The recall (Kenworth number 14KWD; Peterbilt number 114-C) is expected to begin by month’s end.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at [email protected]