FTR Associates’ Trucking Conditions Index for February eased very slightly to 5.9, according to the April 2012 Trucking Update. The Nashville, Ind.-based company forecasts the February reading to be the low point for 2012 with strong month-over-month increases through the remainder of the year, as trucking freight volumes are expected to grow.
Larry Gross, Senior Consultant for FTR, commented, “February is normally the softest month of the year in terms of trucking demand. We expect pricing power to remain squarely on the side of the carrier in 2012.”
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.