Annual brake inspection blitz next week

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brake-adjustment-inspectionThis year’s Brake Safety Week inspection spree will be held the week of Sept. 6-12, during which tens of thousands of vehicles are inspected by state and federal inspectors, with an emphasis placed on brake components.

According to CVSA, inspectors will look for “brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components.”

CVSA said during the 2014 inspection spree, inspectors from participating agencies inspected 13,305 vehicles, resulting in 2,162 trucks put out-of-service for brake violations.

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is part of the week-long Operation Airbrake program, sponsored by CVSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Antilock braking system (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps will also be checked, and inspectors will check brake components and measure pushrod stroke where applicable, CVSA says.

Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Click here to read more on the inspection procedure as a primer for the inspection blitz.

CVSA also has resources on its site for drivers regarding Brake Safety Week.