Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), affecting 22,824 trucks for possible windshield wiper failure.
“In March 2013, NHTSA reported a potential issue with windshield wiper motors on 2011 and 2012 VNL model vehicles to Volvo’s Regulatory Affairs Group,” writes Tim LaFon, Volvo Trucks North America director of regulatory affairs in a letter to NHTSA. “After a thorough evaluation and collection of facts, it has been determined that the reports are associated with an internal drive gear that may prematurely fail on wiper motors used on certain Volvo model vehicles manufactured during the periods of February 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010 and June 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011.
“The safety-related defect is the wiper motor drive gear may prematurely fail on vehicles manufactured in the periods stated above, which can result in the wipers not working,” he continued. “This presents a risk of decreased visibility through the windshield, which may result in a vehicle crash.”
The models impacted are certain 2011 and 2012 VAH, VHD, VNL and VNM. Volvo reports 17,824 vehicles impacted are in the U.S., while 3,287 are in Canada and 1,014 were exported.
Volvo reports the supplier details as Lucas TVS Limited, Padi, Chennai 600 050, India 91-44-2625 8211, as supplied through Sprague Devices Inc., a Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. company.
The automaker has received 114 warranty claims and eight field reports that are associated with the defect.
“There have been no injuries or property damage reported,” LaFon writes.
The recall number is “RVXX1304.”