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Brake Issue, Accident Risks Behind Large Volvo Truck Recall

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Volvo has recalled more than 15,000 trucks after learning of a brake issue that can increase the truck accident risk for drivers. 

According to the firm, impacted vehicles include the 2020 and 2021 VAH, VHD, VNL, and VNR trucks. 

In the impacted vehicles, the die-cast pedal plates have vulnerable attachment points. Over time and use, plates can break and the brake pedal can become dislodged. If the truck has a dislodged brake, the entire braking system becomes inoperable. This will increase the risk of a serious truck accident. 

In the recall report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, regulators explained that because this issue exposes accident risks to truck drivers, occupants, and nearby vehicles, affected trucks fail to comply with federal safety requirements. 

Equipment Failure And Truck Accident Risks

In Washington state, most truck accidents happen because of driver error. However, that doesn’t mean that equipment failure isn’t an issue. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatigue, speeding, and alcohol are all major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. However, brake problems account for 29% of all large truck accidents in the United States. Additionally, tire problems account for 8% of all large truck accidents while cargo shift accounts for 4% percent of all crashes involving large trucks. 

Truck manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their equipment while truck owners are responsible for their truck’s maintenance. Thankfully, Volvo Trucks North America is ensuring that its trucks won’t expose anyone to crash risks caused by braking issues by launching this recall promptly. Truck owners must now do their part to avoid accidents. 

Beginning October 30, Volvo will contact all vehicle owners and ask them to bring their trucks to a dealer where pedal plates will be inspected and replaced as needed.  

For more information on this recall, follow this link