Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, April 13, 2021:
Navistar recalls 1,400 trucks for two brakes issues
Two separate recalls involving brakes from Navistar affect more than 1,400 International trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.
One recall includes approximately 845 model year 2021 International HV, LT, MV and RH trucks equipped with Bendix pressure switches. According to the recall, a retainer was not properly seated in the SC-3 single check valve and may not provide source air isolation when pressure is applied. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 121, "Air Brake Systems."
Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the SC-3 check valves, free of charge. Owners can contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825 with recall number 21503. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-227.
The other recall affects approximately 615 model year 2021 International LT and RH trucks. In the affected trucks, the spring inside the spring brake chamber may allow the pressure plate to shift and wear a hole through the diaphragm, which could cause an air leak, causing the parking brake to engage.
Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the spring brake chambers, if necessary. Owners may contact Navistar customer service with recall number 21502. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-226.
Mack recall hits more than 500 trucks with stability control issue
Mack Trucks is recalling approximately 566 model year 2018-2022 Mack Anthem, Granite (GR/GU) and Pinnacle (CHU/CHX/PI) models equipped with "camelback" rear suspension and electronic stability control.
The affected trucks may not stay in their lane at certain speeds, the recall states, and as such, fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 136, "Electronic Stability Control Systems on Heavy Vehicles."
Mack will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the vehicle control units, free of charge. Owners can contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0423. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-233.
Large fleet boosting team driver pay
CRST (CCJ Top 250, No. 20) has announced the largest increase to its team driver pay package in company history, which the company says will increase its over-the-road teams’ base earnings by more than 30%.
Effective May 2, experienced drivers can expect to earn 60 cents per mile or more and can grow those earnings to 85 cents per mile.
Additionally, new CDL holders will earn four increases within their first year, with eligibility to more than double their earnings after the first year.
Effective April 18, an experienced company driver can expect annual earnings of over $79,000, according to a statement from the company.
Milan also rolled out new pay rates for independent contractors, who can now gross over $189,000 annually, the company says.
“Our drivers are the lifeblood of the company,” said Vice President of People Ops Rachel Lovell. “Their commitment never wavered during the pandemic and continues to stand strong. We want to reward them for their hard work and dedication”
In addition to enhancing drivers' base pay model, Milan has also implemented a minimum pay program.