Mack & Volvo recall trucks over snow plow and steering issues

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Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks have recently issued three recalls affecting more than 3,000 trucks for issues with snow plow lamp preparation kits in certain vocational trucks, as well as a potential steering issue, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

The largest of the three recalls affects approximately 2,194 model year 2004-2019 VHD vocational trucks equipped with snow plow lamp preparation kits. Mack issued the same recall on approximately 946 model year 2019 Granite trucks.

In these trucks, the snow plow headlights can be turned on without other exterior lights, and the high beam indicator won’t work when the snow plow high beams are on. In these cases, the driver could operate the vehicle with the snow plow headlights on but the marker and tail lamps off, which is a violation of federal vehicle safety regulations.

Volvo and Mack will notify affected truck owners, and dealers will update the software related to the plow lights for free. Owners can contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-528-6586 with recall number RVXX1804. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-766. Affected Mack owners can contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0414. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-765.

Mack has also issued a recall on approximately 169 model year 2019 Anthem, Granite and Pinnacle model trucks in which the pinch bolt on the upper steering shaft may not be properly tightened. This could result in the steering shaft to separate and cause a loss of steering.

Mack will notify affected owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles for any loose pinch bolts, correcting if necessary. Owners can contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177 with recall number SC0413. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-778.

Matt Cole is the news editor for Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive, partner publications of Hard Working Trucks.