More than 26,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, Mack trucks recalled over transmission issue

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Updated Mar 5, 2019

A number of recalls have recently been announced by Daimler Trucks North America, Paccar, Volvo, Mack and Great Dane, which include thousands of trucks and other equipment, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalls from Paccar, Volvo and Mack all stem from issues on trucks equipped with automated manual transmissions. In the affected trucks, an internal component in the clutch assembly could fail, possibly resulting in unintended vehicle movement. The recall population was determined based on part number. Eaton Electronic Clutch Actuation (ECA) clutch part numbers 122002-35, 122003-42 are the OEM parts used in production. The aftermarket part numbers are 122002-35A and 122003-42A.

The largest of the recalls, from Paccar, includes approximately 25,343 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. Affected makes and models include:

  • 2018-2019 Kenworth C500
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T270
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T370
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T440
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T660
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T680
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T800
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth T880
  • 2018-2019 Kenworth W900
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 337
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 348
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 365
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 367
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 389
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 567
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 579
  • 2018-2019 Peterbilt 587

Owners of affected trucks will be notified by Paccar, and dealers will update the transmission control module for free. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-918-259-3258 with recall number 18PBE and 18KWH. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-931.

Volvo’s recall affects approximately 1,220 model year 2018-2019 Volvo VNL tractors. Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the transmission control module for free. Owners can contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX1901. NHTSA’s recall number is 19V-032.

Mack’s recall only affects approximately eight model year 2018 Mack Anthem and 2018 Mack Pinnacle trucks. Mack dealers will update the transmission software or replace the clutch for free. Owners may contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0415.

Daimler Trucks also issued a recall recently of approximately 501 tractors and chassis equipped with Detroit axles. The affected vehicles may have loose steering and tie rod arm bolts, which could lead to separation of the tie rod arm and disconnection of the front wheels of the trucks. Affected trucks and chassis include:

  • 2017-2019 Freightliner Custom Chassis MT45
  • 2017-2019 FCCC MT55G
  • 2017-2019 FCCC S2G
  • 2017-2019 FCCC S2RV
  • 2017-2019 FCCC XBS
  • 2017-2019 FCCC XCL
  • 2017-2019 FCCC XCM
  • 2017-2019 FCCC XCR
  • 2017-2019 FCCC XCS
  • 2017-2019 Freightliner 108SD
  • 2017-2019 Freightliner 114SD
  • 2017-2019 Freightliner 122SD
  • 2017-2019 Freightliner Business Class M2
  • 2017-2019 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2017-2019 Western Star 4700
  • 2017-2019 Western Star 4900
  • 2017-2019 Western Star 5700
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Daimler is notifying owners, and dealers will inspect the steering arm and tie rod arm bolts to make sure they are properly tightened, installing new fasteners as necessary. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-802. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-913.

Finally, Great Dane issued a recall of approximately 100 model year 2018 Champion drop deck trailers equipped with aluminum crossmembers. The spare tire carriers may have been improperly installed, possibly resulting in the spare tire carrier detaching from the trailer.

Great Dane will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the tire carrier using the correct attachment fasteners for free. Owners can contact Great Dane customer service at 1-877-369-3493. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-923.