Action required: Updates to FMCSA account logins coming | Latest truck, chassis recalls

Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Oct. 23, 2023:

FMCSA Portal account login system changing -- users must take action

In order to improve security and comply with a federal mandate for Multifactor Authentication (MFA), anyone with an FMCSA Portal account needs to take action by Dec. 1 to keep access to their account.

Users will now access the FMCSA Portal through a Login.gov account instead of using an FMCSA Portal username and password.

To ensure continued access to the FMCSA Portal, users must set up a Login.gov account by Dec. 1. FMCSA has provided directions to create a Login.gov account here.

The change is the result of a directive from the Federal Cybersecurity plan under White House Executive Order 14028 and Office of Budget Memorandum M-22-09, both part of what's overall dubbed a "Federal Zero Trust Strategy." It is requiring all federal agencies to adopt secure MFA to enhance information security by Dec. 31. MFA is a method to verify your identity requiring two or more pieces of evidence. These factors can be something you know (like a password), something you have (like an access card) or something you are (like facial recognition or fingerprint).

Carrier and company users with questions or who need help setting up their Login.gov account should contact FMCSA by dialing 1-800-832-5660 or submitting a question and chatting with an agent here.

[Related: Inside the fight against cyber crime in brokered-freight networks]

Volvo recalls nearly 2,000 trucks over steering issue

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling approximately 1,933 model year 2024 VNL, VHD and VNR trucks. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents state that the fastener that connects two steering components, the pitman arm and draglink, may be loose, which can cause the connection to fail and result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volvo said the recall population is vehicles built between July 21 and Sept. 9 of this year, with the issue being caused when improper torque may have been used on the castellated nut on the pitman arm to the drag link.

Volvo said the driver may detect excessive play/looseness or vibration in the steering, which would provide warning of the issue. Failure of the cotter pin or loosening of the nut may also be detected during pre-trip inspections, Volvo added.

Dealers will inspect and tighten the castle nuts and install new cotter pins, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Dec. 4. Owners can contact Volvo Trucks' customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX2311. NHTSA’s recall number is 23V-690.

Hyundai Translead recalling certain intermodal chassis

Hyundai Translead is recalling approximately 562 model year 2022-‘24 CGN3-20/40 and CGNS-20/40 12-Pin extended chassis. Recall documents state that the cross braces located above the chassis air tanks may have been improperly welded.

An improperly welded cross brace can detach from the vehicle, creating a road hazard, according to the recall notice. A falling cross brace could also damage the air tank airline, causing an unintended brake lock. Both scenarios can increase the risk of a crash.

Owners are advised not to operate the chassis until the repair has been performed. Hyundai Translead will work with owners and repair shops to apply welds and install brackets on cross braces, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in this month. Owners can contact Hyundai Translead customer service at 1-800-251-0871. NHTSA’s recall number is 23V-685.

[Related: Peterbilt 567, 579 units recalled over U-bolt issue that could impact fuel tanks]

Small number of Volvo, Mack trucks recalled for ESC issue

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks are recalling certain 2024-model-year trucks over a software programming error that may cause the electronic stability control (ESC) to be inoperative.

Affected units include approximately 29 model year 2024 Volvo VNL and VNR trucks, and 13 model year 2024 Mack Anthem and Pinnacle units.

Dealers will reprogram the control unit software, free of charge.  Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Dec. 3. Owners may contact Volvo Trucks' customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX2310 and Mack Trucks’ customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0450. NHTSA’s recall numbers are 23V-689 (Volvo) and 23V-691 (Mack).

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