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Annual inspection finds about 4,000 trucks faulty

New York residents may have heard about the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, a national inspection of trucks. The international road check campaign, which lasted 72 hours, was held Sept. 11 through 17. During the week, inspectors completed more than 18,000 inspections on large commercial tractor-trailers. Of the trucks that were inspected, 21.5 percent were forced out of service.

CVSA inspectors were mainly looking for brake system violations, such as brakes that were found to be out of adjustment. Inspectors were also looking for faulty or missing brake system components; worn, damaged or cracked rotors, drums, pads or linings; hydraulic or air fluid leaks; and any missing or lose parts.

According to the CVSA Director of Vehicle Programs, of the estimated 4,000 trucks that were placed out of service as a result of the inspections, 2,352 had brake violations and about 1,000 had a combination of brake and other violations. Of the ABS-required trucks that were inspected, 8.8 percent of those with hydraulic-brakes had ABS violations, while 8.8 percent of the air-braked trucks inspected also had ABS violations.

The CVSA president said it is vital that brakes are systematically checked and correctly maintained to keep commercial tractor-trailers, their drivers and other motorists safe. He further said that the purpose of the Brake Safety Week is to remind truck drivers and motor carriers of the significance of brake safety and health.

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of smaller vehicles that are involved in such a collision. Negligent truck maintenance is frequently the cause, and an attorney representing a victim of such a crash might name the trucking company as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit that would seek compensation for the victim's losses.

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