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Defect in truck fuel pump raises crash risk

New Jersey motorists rely on commercial truck operators to keep their large vehicles in good working order to promote safety. Owners of some 2017 Peterbilt and 2018 Kenworth trucks need to be aware of a recall issued by Paccar concerning the trucks' fuel pumps.

Engines with the defective pumps might stall, which is potentially dangerous on the road. The problem involves the fuel pump's drive gear spinning loose from the drive shaft. When this happens, the system ceases to deliver fuel to the engine.

The recall applies to over 1,700 vehicles with the Cummins ISX15 engine. The manufacturer placed the troublesome pumps into Peterbilt trucks produced between Dec. 20, 2016 and April 17, 2017 and Kenworth trucks assembled from Jan. 9, 2017 to May 5, 2017. Cummins dealers will replace pumps on Peterbilt models 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587 and Kenworth models C500, T680, T800, T880 and W900 at no cost to the vehicle owners. The company continues to work on developing a schedule for notifying affected owners of the recall.

Manufacturers take actions to correct defective parts for a variety of reasons, including maintaining customer good will. Another reason is that products liability law exposes them to financial responsibility for people injured when a faulty part causes harm. Potential defendants in addition to the manufacturer of a defective auto part could include the seller of the vehicle. People who have been harmed in an accident that can be attributed to a product defect might find it advisable to have the help of an experienced lawyer when attempting to obtain approperiate compensation for their losses.

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