Small number of Peterbilt, Autocar trucks recalled over steering issues

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Updated Oct 2, 2019

A recent recall announced by Paccar affects a small number of medium-duty Peterbilt trucks for issues related to steering components, while Transportation Power is recalling some of its electric trucks using a Peterbilt chassis for issues related to electronic stability control, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. A recall announced by Autocar includes a small number of vocational trucks for a potential steering issue, and Cooper Tire is also recalling a number of truck tires for potential sidewall issues.

Paccar’s recall includes approximately 109 model year 2019-2020 Peterbilt 337 and 348 medium-duty trucks with an incorrectly located weld in the steering shaft that could crack and cause the lower shaft within the steering column to separate from the mating yoke. This can cause a loss of steering.

Paccar has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering column for free, if necessary. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-940-591-4000 with recall number 19PBD. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-618.

Another recall involving a Peterbilt chassis affects approximately 12 model year 2017-2018 Transportation Power (TransPower) electric trucks built on Peterbilt 579 chassis. The company says these trucks do not have stabilization hardware and software that interacts with the braking system, which does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

Without an electronic stability control system, there is a greater change of loss of stability control, TransPower adds.

TransPower will notify owners of affected trucks, and dealers will install an ESC system for free. Owners can contact TransPower customer service at 1-858-248-4255. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-657.

Autocar’s recall affects approximately 33 model year 2019-2020 Xpeditor vocational trucks in which the power steering mounting bolts can loosen, possibly causing the power steering pump to disconnect. This would cause a sudden increase of steering effort resulting in loss of vehicle control.

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Autocar will notify owners, and dealers will properly secure the power steering mounting bolts for free. Owners can contact Autocar customer service at 1-888-218-3611 or 1-877-973-3486 with recall number ACX-1907. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-622.

Finally, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is recalling more than 4,000 Roadmaster RM852 EM tires, size 295/75R22.5 with DOT date codes 4618 through 4818. The company says the innerliner gauge may be too thin, allowing the sidewall to fail.

Cooper Tire has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the tires for free, if necessary. Owners can contact Cooper Tire at 1-800-854-6288 with recall number 173. NHTSA’s recall number is 19T-006.