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Today’s Pickup: Eaton clutch defect leads to International truck recall, Amazon Air takes off and intermodal growth

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A defective clutch from Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) has led to the recall of some 20,916 Navistar (NYSE: NAV) International truck models, and could lead to more at other vehicle makers, according to a report.

Navistar has issued recalls for 15 products that include the Eaton ECA heavy-duty truck clutch. An internal component in the clutch assembly may fail, resulting in vehicle movement when not intended.

The NHTSA recall campaign number is 18V826000. Navistar said it will notify affected owners and dealers will recalibrate the transmission control module free of charge to fix the issue.

Eaton has acknowledged the clutch appears on vehicles from other manufacturers and it is working with those OEMs to issue recalls as well. Owners of vehicles they believe are involved in the recall may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

The International models affected are:

  • International HV, model year 2019

  • International HX, model year 2018-2019

  • International LT, 2018-2019

  • International Lonestar, 2018-2019

  • International MV, 2019

  • International Prostar, 2018-2019

  • International RH, 2018-2019

  • International Transtar, 2018

  • International Workstar, 2018-2019 

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“Trucking capacity remains relatively tight from a historical perspective but definitely has softened of late. TL pricing is expected to increase 0%-3% in ’19, a negative sign for TL stocks.”

Cowen analysts Jason Seidl and Matt Elkott

In other news:

The Lamborghini of trucks

Former NFL star Michael Strahan likes Lamborghinis and trucks, so he did the best thing he could: He bought a Lamborghini truck, in fact, he bought two. (Wall Street Journal)

Platform offers global trading platform for cargo ships

A new trading platform has launched to allow those in the maritime industry “opportunities to swap tonnage on sale, sale/leaseback and charter party terms” for cargo ships. (The Maritime Executive)

Amazon Air taking off in Chicago

Amazon Air (NASDAQ: AMZN) is doubling its presence at Chicago Rockford International Airport, the company has announced. (Air Cargo World)

Intermodal grows as inland ports debut

The addition of more inland ports is helping grow intermodal traffic across the country, according to a new report. (Logistics Management)

Is XPO being targeted for acquisition?

A new report quotes two New York investment analysts who believe XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) could be the target of a takeover bid in the first quarter of 2019. (The Loadstar)

Final Thoughts

Continued strength in the economy will drive growth in capital expenditures for firms in 2019, with the Institute of Supply Management reporting that transportation and warehousing will lead the way among the 18 sectors it covers. While most survey respondents believe global trade remains a wild card, it isn’t slowing their firm’s plans, it seems. Manufacturers expect to grow their CapEx by 6% next year, a good sign for freight movement. If this holds true, combined with continued investment in warehouses to address e-commerce, even an economic slowdown may be muted when it comes to the freight markets.

Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]