News roundup, April 13: More than 450k KW, Peterbilt trucks recalled; Goodyear partners with Convoy to offer discounts to owner-ops

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, April 13, 2020:

More than 450,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt trucks recalled for ABS issue
Paccar is recalling more than 450,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks equipped with NAMUX software, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. In the affected trucks, when the anti-lock brake system loses battery and/or ignition power to the controller, the dash warning light for the ABS may not light up to warn the driver of the loss of ABS.

The recall affects approximately 455,458 trucks manufactured between 2008 and 2020. Specific truck models include:

  • 2008-2020 Kenworth T170
  • 2008-2020 Kenworth T270
  • 2008-2020 Kenworth T370
  • 2008-2019 Kenworth T660
  • 2011-2020 Kenworth T680
  • 2008-2020 Kenworth T800
  • 2011-2020 Kenworth T880
  • 2008-2020 Kenworth W900
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 330
  • 2008-2011 Peterbilt 335
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 337
  • 2008-2011 Peterbilt 340
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 348
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 365
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 367
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 384
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 386
  • 2008-2016 Peterbilt 387
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 389
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 567
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 579
  • 2008-2019 Peterbilt 587

Paccar will notify owners of affected trucks, and dealers will update the NAMUX software within the cab control module for free. Owners can contact Kenworth customer service at 1-425-828-5888 with recall number 20KWB or Peterbilt customer service at 1-940-591-4220 with recall number 20PBC. NHTSA’s recall number is 20V-199.

Convoy members to get discounts on Goodyear tires
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is extending its Commercial Tire Solution to carriers of all sizes in the freight-matching service Convoy’s Digital Freight Network. Goodyear says this is the first discount program it has offered through its commercial e-commerce platform.

Carriers who use Convoy will now have access to Goodyear’s full commercial tire portfolio, including online discounts, a service line through FleetHQ to request 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, and access to Goodyear’s service location network.

ATHS moves annual convention, truck show online
The American Truck Historical Society is the latest trucking organization to alter truck show plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ATHS announced last week that it will not hold its annual convention and truck show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on May 28-30 as originally planned.

Instead, the event will be held online on the same dates. Specific details on how to watch and participate in the event have not yet been released.

“No matter where in the world you’re located, no matter your travel restrictions; we’re bringing our show to you,” ATHS Executive Director Laurence Gration said in a statement. “All you need is internet access and an interest in old trucks. Fantastic convention speakers, the excitement of the awards ceremony, informative meetings and breakout sessions, and of course, the best darn antique truck show in the world. It will all be just a click away.”

National Trucking Driving Championships canceled
The American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships have been canceled. They were to be held Aug. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

ATA President Chris Spear made the announcement last week in a letter to truck drivers, ATA members, and state trucking association executives.

“Our industry’s creed and the very spirit of these competitions is ‘safety first,’ and this decision reflects that,” Spear wrote. “It’s made out of an abundance of caution on behalf of the professional drivers competing at the state level, along with the state associations, companies, and family members who organize, host and cheer on the competitors.”

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