Truck Recalls: International Joins Volvo

Posted on January 26, 2006

International Truck & Engine has joined Volvo Trucks North America in recent truck market recalls. Volvo said it has informed the NHTSA that the company is recalling 42 000 trucks of the models Volvo VN and VHD in North America.

Volvo said it discovered that the inlet pipes on the EGR system may crack or break. If the pipes are not repaired or replaced, components in the engine compartments may be exposed to hot exhaust gases, that could lead to a fire.

Volvo said it has become aware of a number of cases of heat damage. In two cases these have led to a fire, though without any personal injury. Volvo Trucks North America said it will both inspect and replace any damaged parts and also install a heat shield on all trucks.

That was followed by the announcement that International Truck and Engine Corp. is recalling 5000 and 9000 series trucks with Caterpillar C15 diesel engines manufactured in 2004 and 2005 because of the possibility of an oil-line break. International said the recall affects 1714 International trucks, including 1371 in the United States, 333 in Canada and 10 exports.

International said an oil line could be cut by the cylinder head if not correctly positioned. The oil line in question is part of the engine’s variable valve actuation system, which could wear against the cylinder head and cause an oil leak or fire, the company reported to NHTSA. International added that Caterpillar is covering the cost of the corrections and customer notifications.