A recent notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Navistar is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 International brand ProStar and TranStar commercial trucks, manufactured from August 01, 2011, through July 10, 2012, and equipped with front brake linings listed as feature codes 0504501, 0504504, or 04EWM.
The brake S-Cam tube bracket assemblies on the steer axles may fracture, resulting in “an inoperative brake on the affected wheel,” according to the notice. Nearly 8,000 trucks may be involved, it's estimated.
“This will cause the vehicle to pull to one side unexpectedly during breaking and/or increase the stopping distance,” the notice stated, either of which “could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.”
Navistar has already notified all affected owners about the defect during the course of the 2012 campaign that did not launch due to parts delays.
The remedy is expected to be available in August 2013. Dealers will replace the S-Cam tube bracket assemblies, free of charge. Owners may contact Navistar at (800) 448-7825. Navistar's number for this recall is 12530. This recall supersedes recall 12V-546.
Owners may also contact the NHTSA Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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