The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced that Brake Safety Week will be September 16-22. CVSA reports that most of the inspections performed during the weeklong blitz will be full Level I inspections, one of the most comprehensive inspections.During brake week, inspectors will focus on the following brake components:
- Loose or missing parts
- Air or hydraulic fluid leaks
- Defective rotor conditions
- Measurement of pushrod travel
- Mismatched air chamber sizes across axles
- Air reservoir integrity and mounting
- Worn linings, pads, drums or rotors
- Required brake-system warning devices
CVSA has reported that vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.
In 2017, CVSA reported that 14 percent of trucks inspected during the one-day brake blitz were placed out of service for brake-related violations. In the recent annual Roadcheck inspection week, brake violations usually comprise the largest percentage of out-of-service violations.
Don’t get caught unprepared, read more about CVSA’s Brake Week here.