Paccar is recalling nearly 3,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks because a front axle sway bar could detach and cause steering problems, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall affects four types of Peterbilt trucks, including 2009-2010 Peterbilt 210 and 220 trucks, and 2012-2018 Peterbilt 330 and 337 vehicles. These vehicles were produced between June 27, 2007 to July 20, 2017. Also included in the recall were 2010-2018 Kenworth K270 and K370 vehicles, produced between Jan. 17, 2009 and Aug. 21, 2017.
The affected trucks are equipped with a “front-axle sway bar link that may come loose on the frame rail end and fall into the path of the drag link, possibly binding the steering system,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A problem with the sway bar link arm was found on a Peterbilt 220 when it came loose as a customer was attempting to make a right-hand turn in July.
If a problem is found, mechanics will add a hardened washer “between the bushing and the nut” for free.
The recall is expected to begin Oct. 30.