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Volvo recalls some 2016-17 trucks for potential steering shaft defect

March 17, 2016
Some steering shafts from supplier may not have roll pin

Volvo Trucks North America is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX and VNM trucks due to a possible defect in the steering shafts, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Trucks being recalled were manufactured from May 11, 2015, through March 8, 2016. These trucks "may have been manufactured without a roll pin on the steering shafts," FMCSA announced. "If the roll pin is missing, the lower steering shaft may disconnect from the junction block. Also, the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not have been properly tightened.

"Either condition can lead to separation of the steering shaft," the agency continued in an email sent Thursday afternoon, March 17.

Click here to read more information on the recall.

More specifically, the recall announcement by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that some 19 steering shafts provided to Volvo may not have had the roll pin installed. That could cause the steering shaft to disconnect from the junction block.

Additionally, "the bolt connecting the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft may not properly secure the upper steering shaft," NHTSA states. Should the steering shaft separate, it would cause "complete loss of steering which may result in a vehicle crash," but Volvo has received no reports of personal injury "and considers this [recall] as a proactive measure." 

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