Kenworth, Freightliner issue recalls for some ’13, ’14 model trucks

Kenworth T680 trucks manufactured between May 6 and May 17 have been recalled due to a defective ignition switch.Paccar — parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt — has issued a recall for 2014 year model Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T700, T800, T880, C500 and W900 trucks that were built between July 1, 2013, and Sept. 17, due to potential defect that can cause stop/tail/turn lights to not work.

The recall was issued Dec. 5.

The potential problem stems from the plastic housing of the stop/tail/turn lamp, as it can shrink and the bulb can fall out of its retention ring, the recall says, which can increase crash risk.

Kenworth will notify truck owners and dealers can replace the lamps with new ones. The recall will begin this month. Truck owners can contact Kenworth at 425-468-7400.

Freightliner Cascadia

Daimler Trucks North America — parent company of Freightliner — also issued a recall in December, for 2013 and 2014 Freightliner Cascadia trucks built between Dec. 11, 2012,  and Nov. 27, 2013. The trucks are equipped with a Meritor Wabco electronically controlled air suspension, for which the wiring harness could be reversed.

The reverse connection could adjust the suspension axle hight incorrectly, the recall says, which would reduce driving traction or parking brake effectiveness.

Daimler will be notifying truck owners, and dealers can inspect the wiring and correct free of charge, the recall notes. The recall campaign will likely begin Feb. 16. Truck owners can contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

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TransForce Expands Further in the Southeast

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TransForce, Inc., the industry leader in truck driver staffing, announced that it has acquired Best Drivers based in Alcoa, Tennessee.  Best Drivers provides commercial truck drivers throughout the southeastern U.S., with operations in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama.  To ensure seamless customer service, Best’s management team has joined TransForce’s leadership team and will assume key regional management roles.  The combined operations of TransForce and Best Drivers employ well over 2,000 truck drivers across the nation.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.       

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The Best acquisition further enhances TransForce’s national footprint, providing its national customers with increased geographical coverage of their operations.    Among the new markets are those in South Carolina and Florida, two new states that will join TransForce’s current nationwide service area.  TransForce and Best Drivers have similar corporate cultures and similar approaches to risk management.  Both companies strive to provide only the safest and highest-quality commercial truck drivers. 

David Broome, CEO of TransForce says “Best Drivers is the ideal acquisition for TransForce.  Best and TransForce drivers share a well-earned reputation for quality.  Both companies have worked hard to install the processes and controls to ensure that our truck drivers meet and exceed Federal standards.  In addition, both Best and TransForce take great pride in our customer service.  We stay in constant contact with our customers to prevent surprises.” 

Brad Smith, CEO of Best Drivers adds that “The merger of TransForce and Best Drivers is an ideal match.  Our combined management team is one of the strongest in the industry.  By joining forces our ability to service a broader client base expands exponentially.”

Acquisitions continue to be a part of TransForce’s growth strategy.  “While the Company traditionally has grown organically, we believe that the addition of high-quality companies such as Best provides a further boost to growth.  It is especially helpful to acquire a company with such a strong reputation and commitment to quality as Best.  We will continue to pursue such opportunities,” says David Broome, CEO.     

About TransForce: 
Established in 1991, TransForce is the nation’s leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the transportation industry, including trucking companies, third-party logistics suppliers and private fleets.  TransForce is committed to a culture of compliance and safe driving.  Unlike other staffing firms, TransForce also offers Department of Transportation compliance services that arise from our existing compliance expertise.  The Company’s website is www.transforce.com.   

Contact: 
David Broome, CEO
5520 Cherokee Avenue, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22312
dbroome@transforce.com 
(703) 838-5580

 

SOURCE TransForce, Inc.

Trucking Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

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ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.

“This time of year is a good one for self-reflection and analysis,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “We hope our leaders in Washington will take the necessary steps to make our roads safer and improve the flow of goods in our economy.”

ATA’s list includes:

  • Identify sustainable, efficient and reliable funding for our nation’s roads and bridges rather than seeking out the “easy money” of tolls and privatization;
  • Advance important safety technology rules, including ones that limit the speed of commercial vehicles and electronically record drivers’ hours-of-service;
  • Be more precise in defining “large trucks” and in looking at crash accountability so the trucking industry’s safety record can be more accurately measured and understood;
  • Analyze the first phase of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for large trucks before hastily moving ahead with a second phase;
  • Review and reconsider the recently changed hours-of-service rules – particularly the restart provision;
  • Use data and science, rather than emotions, when reviewing and establishing truck size and weight regulations;
  • Create a long-overdue clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results;
  • Improve government data and databases, from CSA to security screenings and background checks to completing the long-overdue Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey;
  • Work with state agencies to place far greater focus on commercial and noncommercial vehicle traffic enforcement rather than the current trend of more roadside vehicle inspections.

“January is a time when we take stock of where we stand and set goals for the coming year,” said ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, “and we sincerely hope that our government leaders will take some time to reflect and to take these common sense, and in some cases, long delayed actions to improve highway safety, the environment and the efficiency of our economy.”

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It! 

SOURCE American Trucking Associations