Inadvertently making the case for proper truck maintenance this week was Miami, Fla.-based trucker Luiz Ramirez, who suffered his first-ever cargo theft. While he splashed around in the shower in the wee hours at a truck stop in Ft. Myers, Fla., according to a report filed by Rachel Myers of the Ft. Myers News-Press, somebody was getting drunk on his cargo: a reported $100,000 worth of wine. “>I don’t know if [the thieves] wanted to take it for the truck itself or for the wine inside,” Ramirez told Myers. One big standout among the details within the report: Myers writes, “At the time, Ramirez said the locks on his rig weren’t working.”
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.