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The blitz is in: 13.2% of brakes deemed unsafe

Posted: November 21, 2016

GREENBELT, MARYLAND – Brake-safety week is advertised, tweeted out and Facebooked galore but still: 13.2% of the vehicles pulled over for a check during the North America-wide week-long roadside blitz were ordered out of service because of brake violations.

Another 14.8% were put OOS with non-brake-related problems. Some trucks had violations in both categories.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted 18,385 CMV and brake inspections across all provinces, states and territories over the week of September 11-17 and the results were released Monday.

Inspections included analysis of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic leaks, cracked, damaged or worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty brake-system parts.

Inspectors also checked ABS malfunction indicator lamps for compliance-an effort that was begun  during CVSA’s unannounced brake-check day in May.

Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by the CVSA in partnership with the American Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). The program was first developed in Canada in 1998. 

For more details on the blitz, check here.

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