A problem with the service brakes on approximately 450 Western Star trucks has prompted Daimler Trucks North America to issue a recall.
The recall affects 2015-2018 Western Star 4900 trucks manufactured between March 3, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2017, that were built with certain triple compartment aluminum air tanks. The company says these tanks could experience weld separation.
If weld separation occurred in these trucks, it could cause “a rapid loss of air pressure without warning,” which could cause the sudden application of the park brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.
Daimler says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the aluminum air tanks with steel, triple compartment air tanks for free. The recall is expected to begin April 27.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall number for this recall is 17V-124.