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Trucks recalled due to engine fuel pump problems

Some Pennsylvania residents may be affected by a recall that involves commercial truck engines. A fuel pump problem in Cummins ISX15 engines has led to a recall of more than 1,700 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. The faulty fuel pumps could cause engine stalling, which in turn could increase the risk of accidents.

All of the Peterbilt trucks in the recall are model year 2017-2018 and include the 367, 389, 567, 579 and 587 trucks manufactured between Dec. 20, 2016 and April 17, 2017. The Kenworth trucks recalled are models, C500, T680, T800, T880 and W900, all of which were manufactured between Jan. 9 and May 5, 2017 and are model year 2018.

Engine stalling could occur if the drive gear on the fuel pump spins loose on the drive shaft, causing the fuel pump to cease to function. Cummins will notify owners of affected vehicles, and fuel pumps will be replaced free of charge by Cummins dealers. Truck owners can contact Cummins or truck manufacturer Paccar with any questions.

When an auto or truck accident is caused by a mechanical problem, people who are injured often need extensive medical treatment. Under products liability law, manufacturers can be held accountable for faulty products that cause harm. When a company becomes aware of a problem with one of its products and issues a recall, they are not automatically absolved from any responsibility. People who have been injured in an accident that was caused by a defective auto part might want to discuss their situation with an attorney. In some cases, parties other than the manufacturer that were in the chain of distribution could be held financially responsible as well.

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