Kenworth Brake System Recall

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PACCAR Incorporated is recalling several Kenworth truck models due to insufficient air volume in the brake system, posing an increased risk of crashes. This recall is in response to non-compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121, “Air Brake Systems.”

Key Highlights:

  • Recall Campaign Number: 24V145000
  • Affected Models: 2009-2021 Kenworth C500, 2014-2016 Kenworth T440, 2009-2015 Kenworth T660, 2015-2024 Kenworth T680, 2009-2024 Kenworth T800, 2013-2023 Kenworth T880, and 2009-2019 Kenworth W900.
  • Total Units Affected: 697
  • Remedy: Dealers will install correct volume air tanks free of charge.
  • Owner Notification: Scheduled to begin on April 23, 2024.
  • Contact Information: PACCAR customer service at 1-425-828-5888, PACCAR’s recall number 24KWD.

The identified issue is that the air tanks on these vehicles do not meet the required air volume for the brake system, which could diminish braking performance and increase the likelihood of a crash. The remedy involves the installation of correct volume air tanks by dealers at no cost to the truck owners. Notification letters to vehicle owners are expected to be dispatched by April 23, 2024.

For additional information, owners can reach out to PACCAR customer service or consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline.

The recall follows an investigation into vehicles built since January 2008, identifying those with less than the required air reservoir volume. Despite the potential severity of the issue, there have been no warranty claims, field reports, deaths, or injuries reported as related to this problem as of February 16, 2024.

Owners who have already incurred costs for the problem addressed by this recall may seek reimbursement through the general reimbursement plan outlined by PACCAR. The recall action was decided upon following a Safety Committee review, with the final corrective action implemented on February 19, 2024. Notifications to dealers and vehicle owners will be carried out as planned, ensuring all affected units are compliant with FMVSS 121 standards.

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