Volvo Recalls 2009-2010 VN Trucks for Rear Sidelite Bonding Issue
August 12, 2010

Volvo Trucks North America is in the process of recalling several 2009-2010 VN 670 and 780 trucks manufactured from March 1, 2008, through February 6, 2009, for a possible issue with the vehicles' rear sidelites. According to the statement filed with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the bottom track that attaches to the arms used to open and close the window may de-bond, "which results in the glass coming loose at the bottom."

"The upper window hinges may fail and allow the glass to fall out of the window frame, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash," continues the announcement.

The windows in question were manufactured by Water Bonnet Manufacturing in Springfield, Tenn.

According to documentation filed with NHTSA, the agency actually notified Volvo in May 2010 that it had received reports of windows failing on these vehicles, at which point the vehicle manufacturer opened an investigation. That investigation was completed in mid-July, and on July 27, the company determined that a safety-related defect exists. NHTSA was notified on August 3.

Approximately 3,984 vehicles could be affected. The company's dealers will inspect vehicles to determine if there is an issue and will repair free of charge, according to NHTSA. Owners of the vehicles are scheduled to be notified on or before October 4.

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