Nearly 20,000 Volvo trucks recalled for defective steering wheels

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently warned that recalled Volvo trucks that had not undergone recommended repairs were likely still on the road.

USDOT officials said that any of these recalled trucks, which include certain model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks manufactured from May 11, 2015 through March 8, 2016, should be placed out of service immediately.

Furthermore, USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said some vehicles included in the recall have not been repaired.

The recall was ordered on March 10 when it was discovered that some of the Volvo trucks may have gone off the factory floor missing roll pins on the steering shafts, which could cause the lower steering shaft to disengage from the junction block. The recall notice also said some of the trucks may have been manufactured with a bolt that connects the upper steering shaft to the lower steering shaft that's not adequately tightened.

Either defect could cause a sudden separation of the steering shaft, which would make the vehicles impossible to steer.

It is estimated that nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles are affected by the recall, 16,000 of them in the U.S.

For more information on the recall, call Volvo Customer Support at 877-800-4945 and selection option 1.

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