The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to issue a Federal Register notice by week’s end warning operators of Volvo truck models covered by a recent steering system recall that if their vehicle has not yet been repaired, it will be placed out of service (OOS).
“FMCSA is notifying commercial motor vehicle operators that vehicles subject to the recall without the interim or permanent repair will be subject to an immediate out-of-service order,” the agency said.
The recall issued last week – which affects some Mack truck models as well – potentially affects some 16,000 Class 8 units.
In a statement, Volvo Trucks said it is already “proactively contacting” the owners of the affected vehicles and directing them to take them out of service as soon as possible.
“We have also stopped delivery of any vehicles equipped with the component [and] will replace all the two-piece shafts with a one-piece shaft as soon as the parts are available,” noted Volvo Trucks spokesman John Mies in an email to Fleet Owner.
“We are completely committed to the safety of our customers and those they share the road with, and we are keeping NHTSA [National Highway Transportation Safety Administration] and Transport Canada advised as we address this issue,” he added. “We have worked as quickly as possible to advise customers to remove the affected vehicles from service, and we’re working as quickly as possible to address the problem.”