Parking Brake Issue Leads to Navistar Truck Recall

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LISLE, Ill. – Navistar International is recalling almost 20,000 heavy-duty trucks in the United States and Canada whose engine revving while using a power takeoff (PTO) accessory, like emptying a dump truck, might overwhelm the vehicle’s parking brake.

Recalled were 17,213 trucks from model years 2014 through 2021 under the brands International MV (2019-2021; 5,773 trucks), International HV (2020-2021; 463 trucks), International DuraStar (2014-2020; 9,250 trucks) and International WorkStar (2015-2018; 1,727 trucks).

This is the second time Navistar is recalling its work trucks for this parking brake issue – in December 2019 the Lisle, Ill. Company recalled 12,359 vehicles.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-810, the issue manifests itself “When the parking brake is applied and the automatic transmission is still in drive or reverse position and the stationary PTO switch is engaged by the operator, the engine RPM will ramp up and may overcome parking brake hold capability resulting in possible vehicle movement.”

Vehicle movement when this occurs could result in injury and/or property damage, the report stated.

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The remedy will involve updating the parameters in the Cummins’ electronic control module for feature codes 12VXT or 12VXU that enable the PTO neutral interlock. The updated software parameter has the PTO neutral interlock enabled and the previous calibration did not.

Repairs will be performed at no cost to owners and dealers. The recall officially begins Feb. 19, 2021 and both groups will be notified of it beginning that day.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.