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Volvo recalls semi-trucks due to possible steering defect

Imagine a mammoth semi truck thundering down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Normally that would not inspire fear in most drivers because they believe that the truck is not a significant danger. However, if the driver loses control because he is unable no longer able to steer the truck, it becomes a significant hazard for all drivers.

Indeed, this is a nightmare scenario, but it ostensibly could become a reality for drivers of Volvo trucks. According to recent media reports, Volvo of North America has recalled nearly 16,000 semi-trucks because the steering mechanism may fail. 

The trucks affected include the VNL, VNM, and VNX models. Essentially, there is a possibility that the roll pin that is part of the steering shaft may not have been installed correctly. This could lead to the lower steering shaft disconnecting from the steering block. Also, the bolt connecting the upper shaft to the lower shaft may have problems, which may lead to the steering mechanism disconnecting.

Either way, Volvo has a legal duty to take steps to remedy the problem before it leads to an accident. If it ignored the problem or tried to conceal it, the company could be held liable for the injuries and property damage suffered in an accident.

Volvo reports that no injuries or accidents have occurred as a result of the defect. It notified owners and began taking affected trucks out of service on March 10. It remains to be seen how long the trucks will be sidelined. 

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