August net orders of heavy-duty Class 8 commercial vehicles were up 15 percent from August 2009, according to ACT Research Co.
In the latest release of the firm’s State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles, ACT said that for the three months ended Aug. 31, net orders of Class 8 vehicles totaled 40,033, an increase of 42 percent over the same period of 2009.
“The summer months tend to be seasonally low order months for Class 8 vehicles, but this summer has seen a stabilization of orders at a more material rate compared to the trough of 2009,” said Steve Tam, vice president-commercial vehicle sector. “Net orders were especially strong for the Mexico market, likely due to increased manufacturing and trade. It is possible Mexico is benefiting from some ‘re-shoring’ of manufacturing that previously occurred overseas,” he said.
Medium-duty Classes 5-7 net orders increased by 27 percent in August compared to the prior year.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.