Daimler Trucks North America is recalling some 2018-2020 Freightliner Cascadia heavy-duty trucks because an optional steering wheel-mounted air bag could inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a driver injury and a crash.
Daimler Trucks knows of three cases of the air bag firing without cause. It suspects an electrical issue that is melting parts may be the cause, but it is not certain.
An estimated 1 percent of 3,365 Cascadias recalled are expected to exhibit the issue. The recalled trucks were built from Sept. 11, 2017, to Jan. 30, 2019.
Dealers will remove the air bags at no charge while Daimler Trucks works on a permanent remedy. The recall is expected to begin March 31.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall number is 19V-066.