Autocar has announced that it is recalling certain models of the 2011-2012 ACTT Heavy Duty Class 8 Terminal Tractors manufactured from February 23, 2011 through June 4, 2011. They stated that these vehicles may develop cracks in the top flange of the right hand frame rail at the clearance cut out for the engine air intake system. This is due to high stress induced at the location of the cut out when the vehicle is subjected to severe duty cycles.
Over time, cracking in the frame rail may propagate and cause the frame rail to fail, resulting in changes in vehicle handling and/or increasing the risk of a crash. An owner notification letter will be mailed which will provide instructions for scheduling repair of the vehicle at an authorized Autocar service facility. This service will be preformed free of charge. Owners may contact Autocar at 1-765-489-5499.