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Paccar Recalls Kenworth, Peterbilt Trucks on Brakes

February 04, 2012

(Adds background on Navistar and Volvo in fifth, sixth paragraphs.)

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Paccar Inc. recalled certain 2012- 2013 model year Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks equipped with Bendix brake components that may leak, a U.S. regulator said.

The 15,932 trucks affected were built between January 2011 and Jan. 19 of this year, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement.

The agency said the trucks are equipped with Bendix ATR-6 antilock traction relay valves that may leak fluid in extremely cold conditions and cause the brakes to engage, overheat and possibly lead to a fire or loss of control of the truck.

Last month, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC notified NHTSA of the defect in a valve that helps with traction and stability control. It may leak when temperatures drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), the Elyria, Ohio-based company said in a statement.

Navistar International Corp., based in Lisle, Illinois, said this week that it expects to post a loss for the quarter ended Jan. 31, in part because of the brake issue. Navistar sells trucks under the International brand name.

Volvo postponed deliveries of vehicles affected by the Bendix defect as of Jan. 19, and was working on a “design solution” to enable them to continue building trucks at a Virginia plant, Reuters reported yesterday. Volvo sells vehicles under the Volvo and Mack brand names in North America.

Bendix Commercial is a unit of closely held Munich-based Knorr-Bremse Group AG.

--With reporting by Mark Clothier in Southfield, Michigan. Editors: Sylvia Wier, Mike Millard

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Hart at dahart@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net


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