Volvo recalling trucks over steering shaft concern

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Updated Mar 20, 2016

VNL670_2011_1211_lightblue_0018.W (1)Volvo Trucks North America says it will recall certain model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks manufactured from May 11, 2015 through March 8, 2016 over concerns the trucks may have been manufactured without a roll pin on the steering shafts.

The recall notice says if the roll pin is missing, the lower steering shaft may disconnect from the junction block. Additionally, Volvo says the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not have been properly tightened. Either condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft, which will result in complete loss of steering and could lead to a crash.

Volvo is recommending that affected vehicles not be driven until the final remedy is available, adding the company is currently validating an interim remedy that it expects to make available “very shortly while it develops a final remedy.”

Volvo expects to mail all owners notifying them of the defect and the interim remedy by mid-March. A second notice will be sent when the final remedy is available. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-877-800-4945 opt No. 1.

Volvo’s recall numbers for this campaign are RVXX1602 and RVXX1603. This recall supersedes safety recall 15V-786.