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Annual brake inspection campaign to take place Sept. 6-12

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Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 6-12.

The annual outreach and enforcement campaign was created in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and involves law enforcement agencies across North America. Inspectors will conduct roadside inspections of commercial trucks and buses to look for missing, loose or worn parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, and other issues with brake systems. Vehicles will be placed out of service if they have defective or out-of-adjustment brakes.

Poorly maintained or improperly installed brake systems can result in increased stopping distance and diminished braking capacity, leading to potential safety issues, CVSA stated in a press release.

Of the 13,305 vehicles inspected during last year’s Brake Safety Week, 2,162 were placed out of service for brake violations, for a rate of 16.2 percent – up from 13.5 percent in 2013.

The safety week is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake campaign. Since the campaign began in 1998, more than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected.