This 1998 Freightliner FLB cabover is owned by Barry “Bear” LaFrance out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Powered by a 525-hp Cummins N14 with a 13-speed and 3:73 rears, the truck is used on a dedicated run hauling open deck freight from Winnipeg to Minneapolis. LaFrance and his wife, Tracy, have owned the truck since December 2000, and have added a number of custom features, including brackets for the side boxes, deck plate, fenders, visor, back window and breathers, as well as a custom dash and hardwood floors in the interior.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.