Navistar Recalls International Trucks for Sticking Clutch Defect

December 11, 2018 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Navistar Inc. is recalling 20,916 International-branded trucks from the 2018-2019 model years because a part in the heavy-duty clutch of the automated manual transmission may fail, leading to unintended movement and a possible crash.

The recall covers the 2019 International HV and MV and 2018-2019 models of the HX, LT, RH, ProStar, WorkStar and 2018 TranStar.

In a filing with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Navistar said it decided to recall the trucks after four reports of clutch failures. No known incidents of unintended vehicle movement were reported.

Eaton Corp., which made the clutch assembly, said the defect was caused by a failure to meet manufacturing standards. Most trucks have an audible alert that will warn the driver if the vehicle transmission does not shift to neutral while the vehicle is running.

The Cleveland-based supplier reported the defect to NHTSA. They were sold to multiple truck makers, a spokesman said. But he declined to name the companies or how many of the potentially defective parts were distributed.

The Navistar recall is expected to begin Jan. 18, 2019. It is NHTSA 18V-826.

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