The US Department of Transportation has ordered some Volvo trucks out of service stating they are unsafe after a notice issued by the company. Only the trucks that are yet to be repaired are ordered off the road.
A recall has been announced by the North American division of Volvo Trucks for some 2016-2017 VNL, VNM and VNX trucks made between May 2015 and March 2016. FMCSA states that these trucks could have been built without any roll pin that is normally placed on the steering shaft. It means that the lower shaft can get disconnected from the junction block. Moreover, the bolt that connects the upper and lower shafts not being properly tightened. All of the above can cause separation of the steering shaft without any warning leading to steering loss that can result in a crash.
FMSCA issued an Urgent Safety Bulleting in March encouraging owners of the above mentioned trucks contact Volvo before continuing to operate them. The administration announced only the removal of the trucks that had not been repaired. All the owners of trucks that must be out of service need to comply. Disregarding federal out of service orders can lead to civil penalties and criminal charges.