USDOJ Sues Fiat Chrysler Over Diesel Emissions

U.S. Department of Justice Sues Fiat Chrysler over EcoDiesel Emissions Scandal

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Fiat Chrysler America (FCA), alleging that some of its Dodge Ram Diesel Pickup Trucks and Jeep SUVs are cheating on emissions tests. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the government marks the second time the D.O.J. has gone after an automaker alleging use of software on diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution on the road than during Environmental Protection Agency lab…

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Idle Free Electric Truck Stop Testing To Start

Duke Energy Anti Idle Electric Truck Stop

A Duke Energy project to fund electrification at a North Carolina truck stop is projected to save 25,000 gallons of truck fuel annually due to not having to idle. Big Boy’s Truck Stop in the town of Kenly, will soon have 24 truck electrification stations where drivers can pay to plug in their vehicles, offering an economical way to provide electricity and hot or cold air during overnight stays that avoids…

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Fuel Cell Bus Programs get $35.8M Grant in CA

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses Program gets $35M Grant in CA

Sunline Transit, a public agency providing bus service throughout California’s sprawling Coachella Valley, will received a $12.5 million grant from the state Friday to fund five new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses and upgrades to the agency’s existing hydrogen production plant. The buses will operate in a region that is known for the cities of Palm Springs and Indio and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The project, represents one…

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Navistar International Trucks Air Dryer Recall

Navistar International Trucks Air Brake Dryer Recall

Navistar Inc. (Navistar) is recalling certain 2016-2018 International LT, 2016-2017 International ProStar, 2017 International LoneStar, and 2017-2018 International RH heavy diesel trucks. The air dryer mounting bracket may fracture, causing air system leaks or a loss of air pressure to the brake system. CONSEQUENCE: A loss of brake air pressure could lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Navistar will notify owners,…

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Daimler Trucks Western Star 4900 Recall

Western Star 4900 Air Brake Tank Recall

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Western Star 4900 trucks. The aluminum air tanks on these vehicles may have improper welds possibly resulting in a rapid loss of air pressure. CONSEQUENCE: A rapid loss of air pressure without warning may cause a sudden application of the park brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY: DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the aluminum air…

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Penske Rental Trucks with Collision Avoidance

Penske Rental Trucks with Collision Avoidance

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet. “These added vehicle features underscore our commitment to over-the-road safety for our commercial truck rental customers and their drivers,” said Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental at Penske. “These systems can help commercial drivers avoid collisions and the braking system provides additional stopping power when needed.” Penske has…

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MotorCoach Industries J4500 Air Brake Recall

MotorCoach Industries J4500 Air Brake Recall

MotorCoach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2017 J4500 motorcoaches manufactured March 14, 2016, to August 23, 2016. The affected vehicles may experience a multiplexing programming error that will not provide any visual or audible warnings if the vehicle’s primary service brake air reservoir system has low pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 121, “Air Brake…

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Detroit Diesel to Pay $28.5M Clean Air Act Fine

Detroit Diesel $28.5 Million Settlement for US Clean Air Act Violation

Detroit Diesel Corp, a unit of automaker Daimler AG, will spend $14.5 million to reduce pollutants and pay a $14 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Air Act, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The settlement is the latest penalty imposed by U.S. regulators on auto and engine manufacturers for failing to meet emissions regulations. The U.S. government alleged that Detroit Diesel violated the Clean…

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Gillig Low Floor Transit Bus Brake Recall

Gillig Low Floor Transit Bus Brake Line Recall

Gillig LLC (Gillig) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Gillig 29-foot Low Floor transit buses manufactured November 20, 2014, to February 11, 2016. These buses, equipped with disc brakes, have rear brake hoses that can rub chassis components and fray. CONSEQUENCE: A frayed hose may leak air, causing the rear brake(s) to lock up unexpectedly, or fail to operate when the brakes are applied. Either scenario increases the risk of…

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