Navistar recall highlights external factors affecting transportation

Fleet management software tools enable business owners to continue running their operations as efficiently as possible despite equipment failures. Heavy-duty trucks are complex machines that are prone to occasional defects. Especially when these vehicles are being used to transport goods across entire continents, freight managers can often run into problems.

International recall
In fact, a recent report from Overdrive Magazine, a transportation industry publication, said the global engine manufacturer Navistar has announced it will be recalling more than 16,000 trucks due to a factory error. The article stated many of the company's 2008-2013 LoneStar, ProStar and TranStar models contain disoriented air lines near an electronic fifth wheel jaw release system. An official statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said this problem may result in trailers becoming detached from their associated tractors. Navistar recalled the vehicles as such a risk increases the chances of highway accidents. In addition to the international recall, the NHTSA report said Navistar will also allow existing customers to get their air line routing adjusted for free to ensure maximum safety.

This isn't the first time a motor company has come under fire for allegedly releasing faulty products into the market. Automotive News, an online publication, said Ford Motor Company recently settled a class-action lawsuit that arose from numerous claims that one of its pick-up truck models, which featured a Navistar diesel engine, contained a variety of component problems. The 2003-2007 Super Duty Pickups and E-Series vans, which contained the engine, are now discontinued.

Using software to maintain efficiency, industry credibility
Effective fleet management depends on the ability to organize and coordinate a variety of moving parts. However, there are many external factors businesses are unable to control, such as equipment problems and defective products. These issues can easily have a negative effect on long-term revenue without proper tools and strategies in place.

For example, logistics software creates an automated system through which managers can easily transfer loads to additional vehicles when the trucks that were originally assigned are no longer able to complete the delivery. Rather than wasting time and running the risk of delivering goods outside of the scheduled deadline, businesses can use such programs to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction in the most challenging circumstances. Routing software allows fleet managers to identify shorter routes and ultimately increase the longevity of vehicles.