Both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are involved in truck and trailer recalls.
April 15, 2016: FMCSA is issuing a safety advisory to provide notice to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that they have: 1) been improperly inspected and tested, and 2) must be re-inspected and retested before being used in Hazardous Materials specification tank service. The tanks in question were tested by H&W Tank Testing (CT#8083; Ohatchee, Alabama) and Christopher Humphries (CT#13131; Jacksonville, Alabama). Cargo tanks that have been inspected and/or tested by either company from April 2011 through March 2016 must be re-inspected and/or retested immediately by a cargo tank facility registered with FMCSA.
March 23, 2016: FMCSA and NHTSA have determined that vehicles subject to Volvo Trucks’ Safety Recall (NHTSA Part 573 Safety Recall Report No. 16V-097000) that have not already received the interim or permanent recall remedy repair specified by Volvo in the recall and are still operating on the nation’s roadways are in an unsafe condition and should not be operated; such vehicles are to be immediately ordered out-of-service by federal and state roadside safety inspectors.
February 29, 2016: FMCSA analyzed 2012 data and estimates that commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs saved 472 lives that year. Since 2001, these programs have saved more than 7,000 lives, according to the agency.