As May drew to a close, the ETrucker website had reported that Mack and Navistar Trucks recalled several thousands of their trucks because of faulty hazard warning lights.
“Mack Trucks has issued a recall for 44,047 trucks spanning various years and models for potentially defective hazard warning lights, according to a recall notice made public this week.
The trucks are equipped with the Hamsar Electronic Flasher, the notice says, and failure of the lights could reduce visibility of the truck.
Mack will notify owners, and dealers will replace the flasher free of charge, Mack says. the recall will begin by mid-June.
Navistar also made public a recall notice this week for certain International model trucks for potential problems with air disk brake caliper. The calipers can have loose or missing bolts, the recall notice says, which can lead to pulling while braking or increased stopping distance.”
A Lesson to Learn
The lesson to learn from vehicle recalls is too important to ignore: the value and benefit of quality control in parts and services for driver and passenger safety. In this case, buying truck parts, including efficient LED trailer lights or hazard lights from reputable brands that offer high-quality products, cannot be stressed enough. Replacing faulty parts or equipment is one side of the coin, but using (and maintaining) these parts properly is another.
In general, hazard lights are used to warn fellow drivers on the road of a potentially dangerous situation; state laws also provide guidelines as to when and how they can be used. In some places like Arizona and California, you can drive with your lights on only in case of emergency. Louisiana and Florida, on the other hand, completely prohibit motorists from driving with their hazard lights on.
Make sure that you find ways to keep your hazard light temperatures from getting too hot or too dirty, as this could overheat or burn out the lamps quickly, warranting an immediate replacement. Moreover, you should also lubricate and seal sockets, battery terminals, pigtails, and other electrical connections within your truck’s hazard light system to protect the lights from wear, corrosion, and water damage.
Legal trouble is the least of your concerns with inefficient or defective hazard lights in your truck; the real trouble is the risk to your life and others on the road when your lights are not functioning as well as they should. Make sure that you choose truck models that have fully-functional ones, and if you should buy replacement amber LED lights, for example, make sure that you are getting them from reputable distributors, such as Global Parts, Inc.
(Source: Mack recalling 44,000 trucks for hazard light defect, Navistar recalling 300, ETrucker)