As postal trucks catch fire, USPS takes on big task of updating its fleet

The IG report details 31 safety features the vehicles are lacking, like side air bags and back-up sensors.

USPS did not agree to an on-camera interview with WGN Investigates, but they did send this statement saying they’ve, “implemented mandated maintenance schedules and fine-tune repair and maintenance procedures for the existing Postal Service vehicle fleet.”

The union has also been made aware of problems with the LLVs. They’ve been working to make sure their employees safety is a priority but they don’t expect a full fleet replacement until 2021.

The U.S. Postal Service told WGN they’ve been receiving bids and proposals for new trucks and just finished a round of testing in March. They could have new trucks out on the roads by this year.

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