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Certain engines in trucks recalled due to fuel pump issues

There are thousands of variables that can contribute to a serious car accident. Sometimes, there's inclement weather that makes driving more difficult. Other times, issues with infrastructure, like stop lights, can lead to traffic collisions. One driver choosing to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, exhausted or distracted could also contribute. A somewhat common but often overlooked contributing cause to crashes is mechanical failure.

Most people assume that their vehicles are in good working order, provided that they perform regular maintenance on them and address any issues when they arise. Sometimes, however, the manufacturer of the vehicle or one of its components fails to perform adequate safety testing. This can result in sudden component failure in various parts of vehicles, which can lead to serious collisions, property damage and injuries.

Cummins ISX15 fuel pump prone to serious failure

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued recall number 17V-443, which correlates to the Pacar recall numbered C1909. Issues with the fuel pump in affected vehicles could result in the drive gear on the fuel pump spinning loose from the drive shaft.

That, in turn can stop the fuel pump from working. If that happened when the vehicle was operating, it could stall out the engine. The potential for serious, even fatal crashes increases if vehicles are prone to sudden, unprompted stopping.

Affected models to receive free replacements

This recall impacts more than 1,700 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks built with the Cummins ISX15 engine. The impacted vehicles are 2017-2018 Peterbilt models 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587. Production of these vehicles occurred between Dec. 20, 2016 and April 17, 2017.

Several Kenworth 2018 models are also recalled, including the C500, T680, T800, T880 and W900 built between Jan. 9, 2017 and May 5, 2017. Cummins should notify owners of impacted vehicles and replace the faulty fuel pumps at no charge to the owner.

Safety testing for vehicle parts is critical to preventing accidents

In order for people to drive safely on the roads, they have to know that their vehicles will not experience a sudden failure, such as a failure of the fuel pump. Compromised and faulty vehicle components could result in serious injuries or even deaths due to otherwise preventable collisions. The higher the speed of travel and the more intense the traffic at the time of the failure, the worse the potential risk for a major collision.

Drivers who have been in accidents caused by faulty components may have legal rights to pursue compensation. Especially in cases of permanent injuries or fatalities, the manufacturer could be liable for the damages caused. Manufacturers must invest in adequate safety testing and inspections of every batch of manufactured components to ensure adequate quality and safety for everyone on the road.

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