Electrical Problem Sparks Recall of 9,000 Freightliner Trucks

April 12, 2016 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 8,865 Freightliner commercial trucks in the U.S. due to an electrical issue that could cause a fire.

The recall includes 2015-2016 Cascadia heavy duty trucks manufactured between March 24, 2014 and Nov. 9, 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC auxiliary units, which provide cooling and heating in the truck cabin regardless if the engine is on or off. A poor electrical connection in the system could cause overheating and start a fire.

“There may be inadequate contact between the electrical connector on the compressor and electrical pins causing a high electrical resistance resulting in excessive heat,” the NHTSA said.

Overheating of the compressor connector could create a fire in Bergstrom units that include an open style compressor connector cap, the NHTSA said.

To fix the problem, the manufacturer will replace the connector caps.

No crashes or injuries associated with this defect have been reported.

Dealers and owners will receive formal notices of the issue in early May.

4 Responses

  1. LB

    Yeh, I had a truck fire caused from that. Fire got on me briefly but tried to get my dog out and she was already gone. Watched my truck burn down with everything I had and watched by dog burn up inside.

  2. Sergey Telega

    Would be nice if they could recall the pndb too. Talk about safety, this thing shuts the truck off while driving. It happened to me on a turn and i lost steering. Nearly went off the road.

  3. Fred Hayati

    I had fire while I was driving inside the cab under the bunk the control board or circuit board got real hot and caught on fire the date of manufacture my truck is 4/14/2015 but the frightliner said my vin# is not on the list of recall but my manufacture date is.

  4. Neal Deng

    They can’t built shit, $8000.00 unit only lasts a couple years. Imagine your reefer unit is built by them, you’d be fucked. LOL. They need to stop this nonsense and leave it to some company else. Mine is a dead weight on truck. Replacing with lg soon.


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