Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Aug. 23, 2021:
Indiana rest area project to expand truck parking across state
Truck parking spaces will grow considerably when a project to upgrade rest areas in Indiana is completed.
The state now has some 1,400 truck parking spaces at rest areas. That will increase to 2,500 when a 10-year, $275 million project to revamp 16 interstate rest areas is complete, according to a report by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Work has been completed on the Pigeon Creek Welcome Center on I-69 near Angola. Construction began this month on a second rest area overhaul at Kankakee on I-65.
In addition to more truck parking, the new rest areas will feature updated restrooms and other indoor facilities, as well as walking trails, picnic spaces and more.
The average cost of a welcome center rebuild is expected to be $20 million, depending on the footprint and size of the property, INDOT officials said.
Paccar recalls nearly 700 medium-duty trucks
A possible fuel leak in certain engines has prompted Paccar to recall approximately 688 medium-duty Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.
The affected trucks are equipped with Cummins L9 diesel engines in which a fuel leak can occur from the fuel hose between the fuel pump and the remote fuel filter head.
Affected models include 2021-2022 Peterbilt 536, 537, 548 and Kenworth T270, T280, T370, T380, T440, T470, and T480 trucks.
Cummins will replace the fuel hoses for free on the affected trucks. Owners can contact PACCAR's customer service at 1-425-828-5888 (Kenworth) and 1-940-591-4220 (Peterbilt). PACCAR's numbers for this recall are 21PBG (Peterbilt) and 21KWF (Kenworth). NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-601.
Wabash recall hits 350 reefer trailers
Wabash National is recalling approximately 352 model year 2018-2022 refrigerated van trailers in which the fuel tank brackets can detach.
The recall affects trailers manufactured with bonded fuel tank brackets. The affected trailers use a two-part adhesive to bond the fuel tank brackets to the underside of the trailers.
Dealers will add an aluminum plate and four fasteners to each bracket to repair the issue. Owners may contact Wabash customer service at 1-765-771-5404. Wabash's number for this recall is B21012. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-588.