Major Truck and Equipment Makers Got Faulty Eaton Clutch Parts

December 17, 2018 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

All major truck makers, including Daimler Trucks, Volvo Trucks and engine maker Cummins Inc., are included in a recall of 76,512 faulty Eaton Corp. heavy-duty clutch parts that could lead to unintended movement and a possible crash.

Eaton’s defect filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed 12 customers for the ECA Clutch manufactured by Wrena LLC. The number of components each received was not included in the filing. An Eaton spokesman declined to provide details.

In addition to Daimler Trucks, Volvo Trucks and Cummins, the affected companies that received parts used in automated manual transmission vehicles were Mack Trucks, Navistar International Inc., Paccar Inc., Caterpillar Industrial Inc., construction and garbage truck chassis maker Crane Carrier Co., firetruck manufacturer HME Inc., industrial crane maker Manitowoc Inc., construction and mining equipment manufacturer Terex Corp., and Link-Belt Cranes Co.

As of Friday, only Navistar had identified models affected. The Lisle, Ill.-based company said some of its 2019 International HV and MV and 2018-2019 models of the HX, LT, RH, ProStar, WorkStar and 2018 TranStar were involved.

In its NHTSA filing, Navistar said it decided to recall the trucks after four reports of clutch failures. There were no known incidents of unintended vehicle movement.

Eaton said it began its investigation in late September on the clutch parts made between April 1, 2017, and June 5, 2018. The defect was caused by a failure to meet manufacturing standards, Eaton said.

Most trucks have an audible alert that tells the driver if the vehicle transmission does not shift to neutral while the vehicle is running.

Eaton is performing software updates and repairing physical parts as needed or refunding the purchase price.

The Eaton recall NHTSA 18E-102.

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