Peterbilt recalls trucks because they're too fast
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A US truck manufacturer is recalling more than 2,000 semis because they reach speeds greater than their tires are built to handle.
The move by Peterbilt in the U.S. and Canada raises questions about the safety of thousands of other trucks on U.S. roads.
Peterbilt says in government documents that it’s recalling tractors from 2009 to 2016 because they can exceed 120 kilometers per hour, even though the maximum speed their Michelin tires can handle is 104 km/h. The trucks mainly haul automobiles.
Peterbilt says the tires can fail and cause a crash. Dealers will reprogram computers so the trucks can’t go over 65.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging other truck makers with similar risks to fix the problem. But the agency isn’t seeking more recalls.