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Risk of big rig crashes prompts product recall

A defective auto part on commercial trucks built by Paccar has led to a product recall. The dangerous product is a faulty fuel pump connected to an ISX15 engine that was manufactured by Cummins, and some of the trucks might be on North Carolina roadways.

There are about 1,700 trucks effected with the faulty product. They include a selection of 2017-2018 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with the Cummins ISX15 engine. The earliest manufacture date listed for any of the vehicles is Dec. 20, 2016.

The product recall targets the fuel pump, which may be responsible for the drive gear loosening and spinning on the shaft. The effect of this could be a stalled engine. An 18-wheeler that stalls on a busy highway in North Carolina may cause a serious crash. Cummins dealers are slated to make replacements of the defective part. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tracking the situation, and the agency has assigned a recall number to it. The number is 17V-443. The Paccar number is C1909.

Federal statistics show that most motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to human error, and this holds true with big rigs just as it does with passenger cars. Driver negligence contributes to the vast majority of collisions, but sometimes there are external forces at play, such as a defective auto part. When a design defect causes an accident in which occupants of other vehicles are seriously injured, a personal injury attorney could find it advisable to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the part.

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