Daimler Recalls 7,100 Western Star Trucks Over Potential Electrical System Defect

April 11, 2018 by Clarissa Hawes

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 7,128 heavy-duty trucks because of an electrical system defect that could spark a fire.

The recall includes certain Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks, model years 2017 through 2019.

In affected vehicles, the power cable between the stud and bulkhead – the metal structure located at the back of the cab that protects the driver against shifting cargo in the event of a collision – could make contact, resulting in an electrical arc.

“Arching of a power cable between the stud and bulkhead could increase the risk of a fire,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected truck owners are expected to be notified on May 21. Repairs will be performed by Daimler-authorized service facilities if a defect is found.

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