Paccar is recalling nearly 18,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks because of a potential steer axle problem that could cause a loose connection between the tie rod and steering knuckle, increasing the risk of a crash.
The affected components were manufactured by Dana Inc., of Maumee, Ohio.
The truck recall affects 16 models of 2016 Peterbilt trucks, including its 220, 320, 325, 330, 337, 348, 365, 367, 382, 384, 386, 389, 389G, 567, 579 and 587 models, all built between Feb. 18 and June 26, 2015.
There are 11 types of affected 2016 Kenworth trucks involved in the recall. The models include the K170, T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T800, T880 and W900 models, all built between Feb. 24 and July 9, 2015.
“A loose tie rod to steering knuckle connection may cause the tie rod to disconnect from the steering knuckle, which can result in a reduction of steering control, normally loss of the right front tire steering, leading to an increased risk of a crash,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If a problem with a loose castle nut is found, it will be properly torqued or replaced if the nuts cannot be sufficiently torqued for free.
Dealers are expected to be notified on Oct. 31 and owners will be notified on Nov. 10.