Brake Safety Week 2022 scheduled for August: preparation tips

August 5, 20220

In August, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct an annual brake safety audit.

Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 21-27, 2022. Also, on any day of the year, a one-day brake safety test can take place.

Over the course of the week, inspectors will conduct their routine North American Level I and V inspections, as well as collect brake-related data and send it to CVSA.

Recommended daily:

  • Check for damaged or loose-hanging air chambers, pushrods, or slack adjusters.
  • Make sure slack adjusters on each axle are extended out to the same angle. Different angles can indicate an out-of-adjustment brake or a broken spring brake power spring.
  • Examine tubing and hose condition, positioning, and connections.

And weekly:

  • Perform a 90- to 100-psi brake application with the wheels chocked and the parking brakes released, and listen for leaks.
  • Check air disc brake rotors for cracks.
  • Inspect drum brake linings for wear and cracks.
  • Check for moisture in the air system to prevent contamination that leads to component deterioration and system leaks.

Inspectors regularly conduct inspections in North America, Mexico and Canada. The campaign covers a range of driver qualifications, documentation and vehicle equipment condition.

Last year, as part of a week-long inspection by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), almost 5,200 vehicles in the US, Canada and Mexico were taken out of service for brake-related violations.


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