What are CVSA Inspectors Looking for During 2018 Brake Week

2018 Brake Safety Week

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.

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