The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this week that as many as 830 recalled Volvo 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks remain unrepaired and may still be operating on the nation’s highways in an unsafe condition.
The agency said these unaccounted for trucks should not be operated because they pose an imminent hazard and are to be immediately ordered out-of-service by federal and state roadside safety inspectors.
Last month, Volvo Trucks North America announced the recall of certain model year 2016-2017 VNL, VNX, and VNM trucks manufactured from May 11, 2015, through March 8, 2016. The trucks may have been manufactured without a roll pin on the steering shaft.
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 without warning, resulting in a complete loss of steering, which may lead to a crash.
The recall affects nearly 20,000 Class 8 tractors, with nearly 16,000 affected vehicles in the U.S.
On March 18, FMCSA issued an Urgent Safety Bulletin advising operators and carriers of recalled vehicles to immediately contact Volvo Customer Support at (877) 800-4945 before continuing driving operations.