20501 – Brake Lights may not Work or may Stay on – 2019-2020 International LT & 2018-2021 International HX

March 19, 2020 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V160000

Brake Lights may not Work or may Stay on

Inoperative brake lights or brake lights that stay on can cause confusion to other drivers on the road and increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V160

Manufacturer Navistar, Inc.

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 13,570

 

Summary

Navistar, Inc. (Navistar) is recalling certain 2019-2020 International LT and 2018-2021 International HX vehicles. The brake light switch may have a weak solder joint, possibly resulting in a poor electrical contact and inoperative brake lights or brake lights that stay on.

 

Remedy

Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 18, 2020. Owners may contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825. Navistar’s number for this recall is 20501.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 


For defects, provide a dated, chronological summary of all the principle events that were the basis for the determination that the defect is related to motor vehicle safety, including a summary of all warranty claims, field or service reports, and other information such as numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities.

 

  • 9/18/19 Navistar review of company warranty reports show and increase level of warranty for the brake light switch and initiates investigation.
  • 10/31/2019 Navistar Compliance identifies a Field Service Report related to brake light switch issue.  The fleet customer reported an increased number of failures of the switch.  Also, brake switch tier two supplier received failed parts and identifies issue with solder joint.
  • 11/14/2019 Navistar Quality works with Bendix and tier one supplier to initiate an inspection process to detect poor solder joints on switch terminals.
  • 11/23/2019 Navistar Quality initiates investigation to determine the scope of the issue and the failure mode of a weak solder joint with Bendix and the tier one supplier. A certain node on the switch contact was found in some cases to have a poor solder joint.
  • 12/2/2019 Navistar contains the issue in vehicle manufacturing with the use of a brake light switch made with a redesigned solder process.
  • 12/16/2019 Navistar initiates warranty review to determine severity of the issue.
  • 01/06/2020 Navistar completes an initial warranty review and begins to determine the issues specific to brake light failure.
  • 01/14/2020 Navistar determines a stop light switch with a weak solder joint will create an open circuit failure causing the ABS Light to illuminate in the instrument cluster and the brake lights to remain either on or off.
  • 2/6/2020 Reviewed status of quality investigation. Three areas of concern with the switch were identified which included the diaphragm, solder joint, and corrosion on the contacts. However, the solder issue is the primary driver of the warranty failures reported.
  • 02/25/2020 Navistar meets to discuss the quality issues with the switch and the effect on vehicle operation. Evaluated potential for safety and reviewed similar recalls from the industry.  No reports of accidents or damage were found to this point.  Also, reviewed warranty data for any correlation with feature code for Electronic Stability Control.
  • 02/28/2020 Navistar discusses failure mode and root cause of the poor solder joint on the brake light switch with NHTSA. The symptom the driver would notice was a warning through activation of the ABS light.  However, the concern discussed is that the vehicle will typically continue to operate with the code for the day prior to returning for repair.
  • 03/05/2020 Navistar meets to review warranty claims by Model and by Feature Code to look for any correlation to model and the failure mode.
  • 03/12/2020 Navistar determines final suspect population and declares a Safety Recall.  Navistar is continuing to investigate the HX risk and may amend this filing with a smaller population at a later date.

 


6 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
INTERNATIONAL HX 2018-2021
INTERNATIONAL LT 2019-2020

 


3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-20V160-2705.pdf 244.905KB

RCAK-20V160-2705

 


Miscellaneous Document- Supplemental Chronology

RMISC-20V160-3533.pdf 18.736KB

RMISC-20V160-3533

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-20V160-4311.PDF 214.591KB

RCLRPT-20V160-4311

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=20V160&docType=RCL

 


 

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