Daimler Recalls Freightliner Cascadias, Western Star trucks

August 08, 2017 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Daimler Trucks North America has issued several recalls because of potential problems with popular workhorse trucks, a custom truck chassis and its line of school buses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first recall affects 2,483 Freightliner Cascadia, M2 Business Class, 114SD, and 122SD trucks, and Western Star 4700 and 5700 trucks produced between May 22 and June 20.

The 2018 model trucks are equipped with poorly built tow hooks that could fail during use without warning. Since these tow hooks are used for recovery operations, the sudden release of the vehicle could injure people or property, according to the recall report.

 More than 70 Freightliner 122SD trucks, Western Star 4900 and 6900 trucks, and Freightliner Custom Chassis XCM and XCP chassis are also being recalled due to a defective fuel pump. The affected 2017-2018 vehicles are equipped with Cummins ISX15 engines.

The engines on these trucks include a fuel pump in which the drive gear could spin loose on the drive shaft, leading to a loss of pumping function. This could cause the engine to stall without warning and the driver would not be able to restart it, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

There have been no reported crashes or injuries associated with this defect.

Problems with a battery cable are forcing Daimler to issue yet another recall—this time specifically on its Freightliner Custom Chassis XCR chassis vehicles.

Over 1,300 of these trucks are equipped with a poorly installed battery cable mounting bracket that could cause the cable to contact the frame rail and short circuit. This can increase the risk of a fire.

The affected 2014-2017 model trucks were built from Nov. 27, 2012 to Feb. 23, 2016.

The last recall impacts nearly 1,500 school and transit buses because the wheelchair pocket track anchorage may not properly secure the wheelchair during a collision.

The affected 2005-2018 model-year Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school and transit buses were manufactured between Dec 1. 2004 and May 30.

All recalls are expected to begin on Sep.14.



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