Nearly 6,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks equipped with optional spotlights are being recalled due to a potential circuitry problem that could cause a fire, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.
Paccar is recalling approximately 5,731 trucks because the optional spotlight circuit on the affected trucks “may not be adequately protected in the event of a short,” increasing the risk of fire at the fuse block. Affected trucks include:
Paccar says the cause of the problem is currently unknown, and multiple fires have occurred that appear to have originated in the spotlight circuit.
NHTSA says Paccar will notify owners beginning Aug. 31, and will change the polyfuse switch in the spotlight circuit to a standard fuse, free of charge, to fix the problem.
Affected truck owners can contact Paccar customer service with Paccar recall numbers 17KWC and 717-B. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-471.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.