Louisiana tractor-trailer drivers may have heard that more than 1,700 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks have been recalled due to a potential problem with the fuel pumps. The trucks affected by the recall were those equipped with Cummins ISX15 engines.
According to the report, the affected Cummins ISX15 engines could have faulty fuel pumps. These fuel pumps could cause the drive gear to spin loose on the drive shaft, which could cause the fuel pump to lose its functionality. Ultimately, this could cause the truck to stall, potentially causing a serious accident.
The models affected by the recall include Peterbilt 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587 trucks from the model year 2017-2018. The recall also included Kenworth C500, T680, T880 and W900 trucks from the model year 2018. Cummins said that the owners of the affected vehicles would be contacted for a free fuel pump replacement. However, it was not known when the notifications would be made.
A semi accident caused by defective truck parts could cause severe or catastrophic injuries for passenger vehicle occupants who become involved. If it was determined that the truck was the cause of the accident, the injured vehicle occupants could file a lawsuit naming multiple parties responsible for paying compensation. The liable parties could potentially include the driver of the truck, the owner of the vehicle and the manufacturer of the defective part. A personal injury attorney could determine the amount and types of compensation an injured person could be eligible to receive and may file the lawsuit.
Source: Overdrive Online, "Fuel pump problem prompts recall of new Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks with Cummins ISX15", Matt Cole, July 31, 2017