Daimler recalls 9,800 trucks for two separate defects

| April 05, 2012

Daimler Trucks North America has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is recalling select vehicles from three model year 2012 truck models for two separate defects.

DTNA is recalling 8,747 model year 2012 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4900 vehicles manufactured from Dec. 22, 2011, through Feb. 23 because the vehicles may be equipped with driver’s seats with seat bases that may have out-of-specification welds that allow the seat to buckle unexpectedly. DTNA says an unexpected movement of the seat could affect vehicle control and visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and affected vehicles will have replacement components installed by DTNA-authorized service facilities for free. The safety recall is expected to begin this month; owners can contact DTNA at (800) 547-0712 and specify campaign number FL-624.

DTNA also is recalling 1,046 model year 2012 Freightliner Business Class M2 and Cascadia vehicles manufactured from Jan. 20 through Feb. 17 because the vehicles may have been assembled with a steering wheel nut that may not provide the clamp load required to fully seat the steering wheel on the steering shaft. DTNA says a steering wheel that is not fully seated on the steering shaft may wobble and make it difficult to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and affected vehicles will have a new steering wheel nut installed by DTNA-authorized service facilities for free. The safety recall is expected to begin this month; owners can contact DTNA at (800) 547-0712 and specify campaign number FL-623.