Trucking news and briefs for Monday, May 9, 2022:
Recalls announced for Kenworth, Peterbilt, International and Western Star trucks
Three recalls announced recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affect more than 17,600 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, along with small numbers of certain International and Western Star trucks.
Paccar issued a recall of 17,641 trucks equipped with Dana D-Series axles. In the affected trucks, the axle steer arm fasteners that attach the steering arm to the steering knuckle could fail. The recall includes 2018-2020 Kenworth T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T880, T800, W900 and W990 models; and 2018-2020 Peterbilt 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 389, 520, 567 and 579 vehicles.
The remedy to fix the issue is still being developed. Owners can contact Kenworth customer service at 425-828-5888 with recall number 22 KWB and Peterbilt customer service at 940-591-4220 with recall number 22 PBB. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-277.
Another recall affects 45 model year 2022-2023 International HV and MV trucks, along with 2022 IC Bus RE models, built without a forward radar unit. The recall states that the warning label notifying the driver that the collision mitigation system is inoperative may be missing.
Navistar will provide a warning label and installation instructions, free of charge. Owners can contact Navistar customer service at 800-448-7825 with recall number 22508. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-282.
Daimler Trucks North America also issued a recall affecting 15 model year 2023 Western Star 47X and 49X trucks in which the caliper mounting bolts may loosen and detach, which can reduce brake performance.
Dealers will inspect and tighten the caliper mounting bolts, as necessary, free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-930. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-299.
Pilot offering deals to military vets, donates $100k to veterans’ organization
In honor of Military Appreciation Month this May, veteran-founded Pilot Company is donating $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to providing job search assistance to current members of the military, veterans, and their spouses.
Military members and their families will also be celebrated at the company's travel centers across North America with special offers and freebies available in the myRewards Plus app.
Hire Heroes USA helps transitioning service members secure thousands of jobs each year. With Pilot’s $100,000 donation, the group will be able to take 100 military members through the transition process into careers.
Pilot Company is extending its thanks during Military Appreciation Month with exclusive offers in May and a year-round 10% discount on food and beverages for the military and their families. To redeem these special deals, including free pizza and fountain drinks/the Full Throttle energy drink, and 50% off hats, veterans can download the myRewards Plus app, verify through ID.me and visit a participating U.S. Pilot or Flying J travel center. Canadian military veterans can also validate their military status through ID.me and utilize the year-round 10% military discount when checking out at a participating Flying J travel center in Canada.
New Love’s opens in Missouri
Love’s Travel Stops this week opened a new store in Cameron, Missouri, off of I-35.
The location adds 120 truck parking spaces to the company’s growing network, along with an Arby’s restaurant, eight diesel bays, 10 showers, a Speedco opening May 23 and more.
It is the 20th Love’s to open in Missouri.
TA opens new Texas TA Express
TravelCenters of America has opened a new TA Express travel center in Fairfield, Texas, located off I-45.
The newly constructed TA Express is a franchised location and expands TA’s total nationwide network of travel centers to 276 sites, including 45 franchised sites.
TA Express Fairfield offers 103 truck parking spaces; a Whataburger, Original Fried Pie Shop and The Deli restaurants; eight diesel lanes; nine showers; and more.
New fleet card available to Motive (formerly KeepTruckin) users
Motive, the company formerly known as KeepTruckin, announced its new Motive Card, a zero fee corporate card for businesses among its current subscriber base. Said Hemant Banavar, Director of Product for Spend Management at Motive, “By combining telematics data and transaction data in one place, we can help our customers spend less and save more, while also preventing some of their biggest financial headaches, such as fraud or spending misuse.”
The card offers businesses significant fuel discounts at leading fuel providers, the company said, including Love’s and TA-Petro locations, likewise discounts on tires, maintenance and more. The Motive Card, issued by Sutton Bank pursuant to a license from Mastercard International, has zero activation or annual membership fees and can be used for any business expense.
“Our customers can now manage their spend from the same place they manage their drivers, vehicles and assets," said Shoaib Makani, co-founder and CEO of Motive. "We are helping our customers streamline their operations and run more productive and profitable businesses.”
The management application with the card provides users the ability to limit where and when employees can spend. Managers can easily adjust spend controls by cardholder, amount and category directly from the fleet dashboard.
The card is currently rolling out in phases to existing Motive customers, who can visit their Fleet Dashboard for more information.