Faulty Part Responsible for Largest Truck Recall in HistoryAugust 14, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that Cummins, Inc. will voluntarily recall approximately 500,000 of its medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, due to a faulty emissions control system component.
Unlike the widely publicized Volkswagen recall, which occurred after software was illegally used to ensure that the cars would pass U.S. emission tests, the Cummins recall is the result of a defective part. The company is taking the necessary steps to correct the problem to ensure that the trucks are safe and meet the EPA standards.
According to the Assistant Administrator with the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, the Cummins recall is a perfect example of how government and industry can work together to make decisions that protect the environment. If the follow-up testing reveals that there is still a problem, companies like Cummins, Inc. are taking the necessary steps to correct the issue.
A spokesman from Cummins, Inc. commented that the voluntary recall was in the best interests of their customers and the environment.
The Recall Process
Cummins, Inc will conduct the recall in two phases, beginning with heavy-duty trucks during the month of August, followed by medium-duty trucks in March. The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that are being replaced were found to degrade within a few years. As a result, they did not effectively control the amount of NOx that was being released into the air.
NOx is a potent air pollutant that can cause increased levels of smog and other environmental issues. The new SCR system components will control the NOx pollution for the regulatory life of the trucks, which is 185,000 miles or ten years for medium-duty vehicles, and 435,000 miles or ten years for heavy-duty vehicles.
The emissions problem was discovered when the vehicles were tested for compliance with the EPA’s emissions standards, a process conducted through a government oversight program. After the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ran their testing program to check emissions, certain trucks that were equipped with Cummins engines tested high for NOx emissions.
When Cummins was notified by the EPA and CARB about the results, they conducted their own testing, which confirmed the deteriorating component. They proceeded to conduct the voluntary recall of their trucks. Company officials will be contacting owners, notifying them about the recall and providing instruction on how to get their trucks repaired.
Truck owners who would like additional details about the effected trucks, and the recall schedule, should contact Cummins, Inc. for additional information.
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