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Faulty Fuel Heater Forces Bus and Truck Recalls Because of Potential for Accidents

May 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Navistar, Inc. recalled over 50,000 trucks and buses due to a faulty component in the Cummins diesel engine that could spark a fire in the vehicles' electric fuel heater. The plastic components located within the electric fuel heater of the Cummins medium-duty diesel could melt if the engine overheats. A fire could ignite in the engine and engulf the entire vehicle. The risk of fire creates an unreasonable risk to the safety of the driver and passengers about a truck or bus propelled by a Cummins engine. Fire is an obvious danger. However, a less obvious danger is the threat that the engine could stall if the fuel heater melts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that the chances of an accident could occur increase dramatically if the truck or bus stalls. *

Navistar, Inc. and Cummins anticipate that ten percent of the 68,000-plus Cummins diesel engines in use will have the problem, which led to the recall. Cummins said that the company had not received any complaints about crashes or fires caused by the defective fuel heater. However, Cummins learned that twelve fuel heaters melted while vehicles were in operation. Cummins has not devised an appropriate solution for the defect. The company indicated that it would begin the recall on May 29. 

The recalled buses are newer models. Most are from 2018, 2019, 2020, and a few 2021 model years. However, 2017 International/Workstar and International/Durastar bus models have been recalled as well.

IC Bus is a popular line of commercial and school buses. The recalls for IC Buses range from 2018 to 2021 as well. 

Navistar manufactured a large segment of the buses and trucks on the road today. The size of the vehicles they make places the driver and other road users in danger if one of their engines fails. The massive size of the vehicles could cause severe injuries to the driver and others on the road if they survive the collision or fire.

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Category: Product Liability

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