Out-of-service defects for brake components decline: report

The number of commercial motor vehicles placed out of service for brake component defects during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week inspection declined significantly, according to a report released Oct. 15.

Greenbelt, MD-based CVSA's annual inspection, which took place Sept. 12-18, is part of its Operation Air Brake campaign aimed at improving CMV brake safety.

Findings from CVSA show:

  • 30,472 vehicles were inspected -- the highest number of vehicles inspected since the program started in 1998. In 2009, 26,630 vehicles were inspected.
  • 4,117 vehicles were placed out of service for brakes.
  • 2,717 vehicles were placed out of service for brake adjustments.
  • 2,435 vehicles were placed out of service for brake components.

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