FMCSA extends HOS waiver for baby formula haulers | Walcott show kicks off next week

Updated Jul 11, 2022

Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, July 5, 2022:

FMCSA extends hours waiver for baby formula haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 30 issued an extension of its waiver from Part 395.3 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (maximum driving time) for drivers and carriers hauling baby formula and baby formula ingredients.

The emergency declaration was first granted on May 18 and was set to expire on June 30, but because shortages of formula still exist, FMCSA extended the waiver through July 31.

The waiver applies to carriers hauling ingredients for the production of baby formula including but not limited to whey, casein, corn syrup and hydrolyzed protein, and containers and packaging for baby formula.

FMCSA says direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of the waiver.

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Iowa 80 gearing up for annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Since 1979, truckers and fans of trucks have gathered at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop for the annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

This year's Jamboree will be held July 14-16 and will feature a number of events, including:

  • Annual Super Trucks Beauty Contest 
  • Daily musical entertainment headlined this year by country hitmakers Diamond Rio
  • Truckers Olympics fun skills contest 
  • Fireworks Thursday and Friday nights
  • Iowa Pork Chop Cookout
  • More than 175 exhibits
  • A display of antique trucks

To hear more about what’s on tap for the show and its history, Overdrive’s partners at Truckers News spoke to Heather Debaillie, vice president of marketing for the Iowa 80 Group, about what show attendees can expect this year. Hear that podcast here: 

[Related: Walcott Truckers Jamboree set for 43rd year]

Severe-duty Class 8 trucks recalled over fuse box issue

Autocar LLC is recalling approximately 2,143 model year 2019-2022 Xpeditor severe-duty Class 8 trucks in which the external fuse box could short-circuit due to water intrusion.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, if the fuse box short-circuits, it could cause the trucks to stall.

To remedy the issue, dealers will mount the external fuse box vertically and install a shield, free of charge. Owners can contact Autocar's customer service at 888-218-3611 with recall number ACX-2203. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-437.

Small number of Cascadias recalled for emergency braking system problem

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling approximately 17 model year 2022 Freightliner Cascadia trucks in which the emergency braking system may not engage, resulting in the loss of braking ability.

In its recall documents, Daimler said that “in certain specific scenarios where two unlikely events occur independently and simultaneously, there is the possibility that the emergency braking system would not engage.”

The company said that despite the chances of both systems failing at the same time being “extremely low,” it decided out of an abundance of caution to issue the recall. Daimler did not specify the two systems that would have to simultaneously fail to create the issue.

Dealers will install a double check valve, free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 800-547-0712 with recall number FL-941. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-443.

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