ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has identified a potential defect in its Bendix ATR-6 valve manufactured between Dec. 2, 2010, and Jan. 18, 2012, and advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Jan. 26, 2012, about the issue.
The defect can potentially occur only in vehicles operating in extremely cold conditions (at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit/-18 degrees Celsius).
Bendix officials said PACCAR (Kenworth and Peterbilt), Volvo (Volvo and Mack) and Navistar were deferring shipment of any affected trucks that had not been delivered to dealerships or other customers.
Approximately 50–60,000 vehicles are covered, some which were sold to fleets and other customers before the defect was discovered and are in operation.
“Safety and customer satisfaction are a top priority at Bendix. When concerns arise, we do everything possible to provide accurate information and to ensure the fastest and least disruptive resolution possible,” a company spokesperson said. “We remain in close contact with our customers and are working diligently to address the issue and remedy the situation. A temporary remedy kit is available now. A permanent remedy kit will be forthcoming.”
The ATR-6 valve is an Automatic Traction Control Relay Valve.
Vehicle operators are advised that this is an intermittent air leakage issue, not related to Bendix stability systems.
Vehicle ABS and service braking will still operate normally on covered vehicles, Bendix officials said, adding that it was also essential to understand that if a vehicle operator elects to install the temporary remedy kit, Bendix ESP full stability system and Bendix Wingman ACB and Wingman Advanced will be temporarily suspended until the permanent remedy kit is installed.
Questions and answers concerning the issue issue are available through the Bendix ATR Value Update link at www.bendix.com.
In addition, our Bendix ATR-6 Action Line is staffed from 7a.m.–8 p.m. EST seven days a week for technical questions and ordering information.
The toll free number is (800) 478-1793.
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