Brake issues sideline 4,600+ trucks during inspection


Some 4,626 of the 34,320 commercial vehicles inspected in September had brake-related problems serious enough to place them out of service.

Those inspections were conducted from Sept. 15-21 in 60 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week. In the U.S., 49 jurisdictions conducted 31,864 roadside inspections and placed 4,344 (13.6%) commercial motor vehicles out of service due to brake-related violations. In Canada, 11 jurisdictions conducted 2,456 roadside inspections and 282 (11.5%) commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service.

Inspectors found:

  • 2,567 units had chafed rubber hose violations
  • 1,347 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations
  • 2,704 violations of § 393.45 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Canadian equivalent violations included chafed rubber hoses.
  • There were 1,683 violations of § 393.45 of the FMCSRs and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.

Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.