Brake issues prompt recalls by Daimler, Great Dane

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Daimler Trucks North America has recalled more than 5,500 Freightliner and Western Star tractors over a potential brake issue. Great Dane also issued a recall for a number of its Everest reefer trailers.Daimler Trucks North America has recalled more than 5,500 Freightliner and Western Star tractors over a potential brake issue. Great Dane also issued a recall for a number of its Everest reefer trailers.

More than 5,500 Freightliner and Western Star tractors are being recalled by Daimler Trucks North America for a brake caliper issue, while Great Dane more than 250 Everest reefer trailers for brake issues, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Daimler’s recall affects 5,534 model year 2018-2019 Freightliner Custom Chassis, Freightliner and Western Star trucks that have brake caliper mounting bolts that may have been insufficiently tightened at the factory, which could cause reduced brake effectiveness. Affected Freightliner Custom Chassis units include: S2C 106CAB, S2G, XBS, XCL, XCM, XCP and XCR. Other trucks included in the recall are:

  • 2018-2019 Freightliner 108SD
  • 2018-2019 Freightliner 114SD
  • 2018-2019 Freightliner Business Class M2
  • 2018-2019 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2018-2019 Western Star 4700
  • 2018-2019 Western Star 4900
  • 2018-2019 Western Star 5700

DTNA will notify affected truck owners beginning Dec. 3, and dealers will check and tighten brake caliper mounting bolts for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-794. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-703.

Great Dane has issued two separate recalls for brake issues on model year 2019 Everest CL reefer trailers. One recall affects approximately 197 trailers equipped with Haldex automatic brake adjusters. The adjuster anchor pins in these trailers may not have been properly tightened, causing the pins to loosen or detach. This would cause the adjusters to not properly adjust the brakes to compensate for brake pad wear, which could lead to reduced braking ability or loss of brakes.

The other recall affects approximately 64 Everest CL trailers that may have been built without brake rollers, causing a reduction in brake effectiveness.

Great Dane will contact owners of affected units, and dealers will inspect anchor pin mounting bolts for the proper tightness or install missing brake rollers for free. Owners can contact Great Dane customer service at 1-877-369-3493. NHTSA’s recall numbers are 18V-700 for the brake adjuster recall and 18V-721 for the brake roller recall.

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