More than 450,000 Kenworths and Peterbilts recalled for warning light defect that could increase crash risk

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More than 450,000 Kenworths and Peterbilts recalled for warning light defect that could increase crash risk

PACCAR recently issued a massive recall for certain Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks for a defect that could increase the risk of a crash.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents, PACCAR will recall hundreds of thousands of trucks manufactured between 2008 and 2020.

A total of 455,458 truck are affected by the recall.

In the recalled trucks, when the anti-lock brake system (ABS) loses battery and/or ignition power to the controller, the dash warning light for the ABS may not light up to warn the driver of the loss of ABS. A driver who is unaware of this defect is at increased risk of a crash, NHTSA says. Additionally, depending on the configuration of the truck, an unrelated warning light like the check engine light or the traction control light could illuminate.

Affected truck models include:

  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 330
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 335
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 337
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 340
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 348
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 365
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 367
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 384
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 386
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 387
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 388
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 389
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 567
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 579
  • 2008 — 2019 Peterbilt 587
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T170
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T270
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T370
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T660
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T680
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T800
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth T880
  • 2008 — 2020 Kenworth W900

The recall is expected to begin June 15. PACCAR will contact truck owners and dealers will provide a free update for the cab control module software.

PACCAR recalled 85,626 trucks for the same issue in 2018, but later learned through more testing that “a larger population of vehicles was affected and proposed remedies were not effective.”

Truck owners with questions may contact Kenworth customer service at 1-425-828-5888 and reference recall number 20KWB or Peterbilt customer service at 1-940-591-4220 and reference recall number 20PBC.

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