Instrument panel issue prompts recall of 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors

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Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors for an issue with the ignition control unit.Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors for an issue with the ignition control unit.

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors for an issue with the ignition control unit not performing required bulb checks in certain situations, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Daimler says if the ignition in the affected trucks is turned from on to off to on too quickly, the ICU may not perform the required bulb checks for the anti-lock brake system or electronic stability control, as required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Without an ABS or ESC bulb check, the driver could be unaware that the warning bulbs are not working, Daimler says.

In total, 45,667 model year 2017-2019 Freightliner Cascadia trucks manufactured between May 3, 2016, and July 11, 2018, are included in the recall. Daimler will begin notifying owners on Sept. 17, and dealers will reprogram the ICU’s to ensure a bulb check is performed each time the ignition is turned on.

Owners of affected trucks can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-780. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-491.

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