February 10, 2014
Paccar says it will recall more than 21,000 trucks for potential defects to seat belts and door latches.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, the recalls involve various 2013-2014 Peterbilt Model 567 and 579 and Kenworth models T680 built between January 2012 and October 2013
The NHTSA says the trucks are potentially equipped with a defective door latch assembly (Inteva brand) that could either cause the truck to lock permanently while closed or open from the outside while locked.
Paccar is also recalling several Kenworth and Peterbilt model trucks for potentially defective seat belt buckles that have a latch plate that can become partially engaged with the buckle when the release button is pressed, making it difficult to unlatch, again increasing risk of injury if a crash or other emergency event occurs.
The seat belt recall is for 5,276 units of a range of brand Kenworth model year 2014 — including T660s and T680s — as well as 5,138 Peterbilts, also for the current model year and also for a range of brands. Those trucks were manufactured between early August and early November of last year.
The seat belts — made by Westfield, Ind.-based Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. — fail to conform to federal standards in which it may take more effort than is standard to separate the latch plate from the buckle, NHTSA said.
Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks issued recall notices in January over the same seat belt issue involving IMMI’s L9 seatbelt model. Those recalls included more than 26,000 of Daimler’s Freightliner models and 5,000 Volvo models