Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023:
Hino recalling 8,000 trucks for incorrect fuel level readings, headlight issues
Hino Motors is recalling approximately 8,025 conventional-model trucks equipped with 70- or 90-gallon fuel tanks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.
In the affected units, the fuel sender float may deform and detach, which can lead to an inaccurate fuel gauge reading.
Affected models include model-year 2020-2024 Hino NE7A, NE7B, NE8A, NH9A, NJ7A, NJ7B, NJ8A, NJ8J, NV7A, NV7B, and NV8A vehicles.
Dealers will replace the fuel sender gauge, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Oct. 6. Owners can contact Hino customer service at 1-248-699-9390 with recall number AAV70. NHTSA’s recall number is 23V-560.
Hino is also recalling approximately 468 model year 2022-2023 NE7A, NJ7A, NJ7B and NV7A trucks equipped with headlights that are recessed in the hood.
Hino said the headlight back covers and anti-adjustment caps may have been improperly installed, which can result in headlight failure, or the headlights being adjusted incorrectly. As such, the trucks do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Dealers will inspect the anti-adjustment caps and back covers. In addition, dealers will confirm the headlight aim, and install any missing caps or covers. All repairs will be performed free of charge.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Oct. 3. Owners can contact Hino customer service at 1-248-699-9390 with recall number M0430. NHTSA’s recall number is 23V-541.
Maverik fuel stops now accepting Comdata
Western U.S. fuel stop chain Maverik announced Monday that fleets utilizing Comdata can now fuel up at its locations.
Drivers with fleet and fuel cards can enjoy the chain’s wide range of amenities and fuel offerings for commercial fleet across 12 Western states and expanding.
“Comdata offers fleet cards and fleet fueling services to thousands, and we’re excited to now be able to serve even more customers on the road with the great food, products, value, service, and convenience that Maverik is known for,” said Kerby Cate, Director of Commercial Fuels Marketing at Maverik.
Electric vehicle ride-and-drive planned in Michigan
DTE Energy, which is partnering with the state of Michigan and Daimler Trucks North America on Michigan’s “truck stop of the future,” will host an EV Ride and Drive for its business customers Thursday, Aug. 17.
At the event, DTE business customers will have an opportunity to test drive different electric fleet vehicles, including Ford E-Transit, Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning, Chevy Bolt EUV and vehicles manufactured by Via.
The test drives are taking place at Summit on the Park in Canton, Michigan. Registration is required.