Semi-Truck Brake Defect & Fire Hazard Investigation: 2015 – 2020 Kenworth and Peterbilt Semis

Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating Haldex Group over reports that certain Haldex air brake chambers, installed in an estimated half-million semi-trucks, possess a defect that can cause air loss and vehicle fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a probe into the failure of Haldex Gold Seal 30/30 Long Stroke Brake Chambers that were installed in model year 2015-2020 vehicles, and the complaints say problems occurred mostly on Kenworth and Peterbilt semis. This critical part converts compressed air into a force that can stop a vehicle the size of a semi-truck. NHTSA complaints indicate that this Haldex part is vulnerable to a power spring fracture that can puncture the diaphragm and cause air loss, leading to brake drag. Without sufficient warning to the driver, brake drag can be very dangerous.

Per their report, NHTSA is aware of eleven vehicle owners who allege the failure of a Haldex brake chamber, seven of whom contend that the failure and subsequent brake drag resulted in a vehicle fire that caused substantial damage to the semi-truck and, in some cases, its cargo. From their discussions with vehicle owners, NHTSA also learned that various other truck fleets have experienced similar issues. In certain instances, Haldex even agreed to replace the brake chambers in question, suggesting their prior knowledge of the issue.

Are you the owner-operator of a 2015 -2020 semi-truck with a Haldex Gold Seal Brake Chamber?

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