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15,000 Kenworth & Peterbilt Trucks Recalled

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On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:33AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

15,000 Kenworth & Peterbilt Trucks Recalled

One of the scarier thoughts we've all had driving down the highway is the notion that that huge semi filling up the rearview mirror might not be able to stop in enough time. The next thought following that one is more of an image, as we imagine our car becoming more like a crush soda can, and our day ending just a little worse than we could hope for.

 Unfortunately, those thoughts just got a little closer to becoming a potential reality because Paccar, the parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks has just issued a recall of 15,932 spanning 21 different models. The reason? A faulty check valve on the brakes that can ultimately lead to a fire, or loss of control of the truck. 

All 21 models are either 2012 or 2013 trucks, so if you just purchased your first truck to go with that brand new CDL, you might want to give Peterbilt or Kenworth a call to schedule a free fix of your faulty valve before you make some poor driver's worst fears come true.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Kenworth / T1702012-2013
Kenworth / T2702012-2013
Kenworth / T3702012-2013
Kenworth / T4402012-2013
Kenworth / T4702012-2013
Kenworth / T6602012-2013
Kenworth / T7002012-2013
Kenworth / T8002012-2013
Kenworth / W9002012-2013
Peterbilt / 3202012-2013
Peterbilt / 3302012-2013
Peterbilt / 3372012-2013
Peterbilt / 3482012-2013
Peterbilt / 3652012-2013
Peterbilt / 3672012-2013
Peterbilt / 3822012-2013
Peterbilt / 3842012-2013
Peterbilt / 3862012-2013
Peterbilt / 3882012-2013
Peterbilt / 3892012-2013
Peterbilt / 5872012-2013
Manufacturer:Paccar Incorporated
Mfr's Report Date:Jan 27, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V026000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Service Brakes, Air: Supply: Check Valve
Potential Number of Units Affected:15,932


Paccar is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T700, T800, W900, and Peterbilt 320, 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 386, 388, 389, and 587 vehicles, manufactured from January 31, 2011, through January 19, 2012, and equipped with Bendix ATR-6 antilock traction relay valves. In extremely cold conditions, these Bendix relay valves may potentially develop internal leakage. Internal leakage can lead to air pressure being delivered to affected primary or secondary brake causing continuous brake application.


Unexpected continuous brake application can cause the brakes to overheat and lead to a fire. Unexpected continuous brake application can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Also, the brakes may be applied without illuminating the brake lights, failing to give proper warning to other drivers.


Paccar will notify owners, and provide a temporary repair until Bendix develops a permanent remedy. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2012. Owner may contact Kenworth at 1-425-828-5440 and Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4196.


Kenworth and Peterbilt recall numbers 12KWA/0112-A. Owners may also 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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Stephy21 | 9:27AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

This is a big recall for trucks that are in such high demand.


Sami18 | 10:21AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

This is a serious problem for truck drivers hopefully nothing bad happens with this recall.


SadieB | 10:50AM (Wed, Feb 8, 2012)

I'm not surprized by this development. We drive a 2010 Kenworth and it is the worst truck we have ever driven. It seems that we spend more time in the shop than on the road. Troubles start with drawers that fall off the rails to electrical problems. The DPF unit is a demon that rears it's ugly head every other month and we see the country one Kenworth shop at a time.


Bullfrog56 | 12:35AM (Sun, Aug 14, 2016)

enjoying my T700! that my story and I am sticking to it!!!

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