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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

PACCAR INC. RECALLS AFTERMARKET SAF HOLLAND FIFTH WHEELS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
FIFTH WHEEL / SIMPLEX
9999
KENWORTH / T600
2007
KENWORTH / T800
2007
KENWORTH / W900
2007
Manufacturer : PACCAR INCORPORATED Mfr's Report Date : APR 14, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E034000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TRAILER HITCHES:FIFTH WHEEL ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 292
Summary:
 PACCAR IS RECALLING 292 AFTERMARKET SAF HOLLAND FIFTH WHEELS SOLD FOR USE ON MY 2007 KENWORTH T800 SHORT HOOD, W900 LONG HOOD AND T600 TRACTOR/TRAILERS. IF THE PIVOT BOLT JOINT FOR THE LEVER BAR IS OVER TORQUED, THE SPACER DEFORMS, AND MAKES CONTACT WITH THE LEVER BAR. THIS CONDITION COUPLED WITH CORROSION ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEASONAL DRY OUT, CAN AFFECT THE LOCK SYSTEM OF THE FIFTH WHEEL, PREVENTING THE FIFTH WHEEL JAW FROM LATCHING SECURELY AROUND THE TRAILER KING PIN.
Consequence:
 THE FIFTH WHEEL MAY FAIL TO LATCH WITHOUT THE OPERATOR'S KNOWLEDGE, CAUSING THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER TO DISENGAGE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 PACCAR IS WORKING WITH SAF-HOLLAND AND WILL INSPECT THE PIVOT BOLT JOINT FOR A DEFORMED SPACER AND REPLACE THE BOLT, WASHER AND SPACER WITH A HEX-HEAD SHOULDER BOLT AND WASHER FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHECDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PACCAR AT 1-415-828-5000 OR SAF-HOLLAND AT 1-231-773-3271.
Notes:
 PACCAR RECALL NO. 08KW7. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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