Freightliner & Western Star Tow Hooks Recall

Freightliner & Western Star Tow Hooks Recall

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling certain 2018 Freightliner Cascadia, M2 Business Class, 114SD, and 122SD trucks, and Western Star 4700 and 5700 trucks. These vehicles have tow hooks used for recovery purposes that may fail during use. CONSEQUENCE: If the tow hook fails without warning during a recovery operation, the sudden release of the vehicle may increase the risk of injury. REMEDY: DTNA will notify owners, and dealers…

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2017 Freightliner & Western Star Trucks Recall

2017 Western Star 5700 Trucks Recall Notice

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2017 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 5700 trucks built with NFD tandem rear axles. During the hardening process, the axle assembly output shaft may have been made brittle, possibly resulting in the output shaft fracturing while the vehicle is in use. CONSEQUENCE: If output shaft fractures while descending a grade, the compression braking will be ineffective. Additionally, large debris may land…

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2016 Sprinter Drive Shaft Support Recall

Daimler Sprinter Van Drive Shaft Recall Alert

Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles. The bracket for the center support bearing of the drive shaft may not have been properly welded. CONSEQUENCE: If the event of a crash, the bracket may detach and the drive shaft may damage the fuel system, increasing the risk of a fire. REMEDY: DVUSA will notify owners…

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Forest River RV Power Steering Hose Recall

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Berkshire and Charleston recreational vehicles built on Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) RV chassis. In these vehicles, the power steering hose may be improperly routed causing inadequate clearance between the hose and power stud. As a result, the hose can rub the power stud causing arcing and a power steering fluid leak. CONSEQUENCE: Arcing in the presence of power steering fluid…

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Freightliner Business Class M2 & SD Recalls

Business Class M2 Instrument Cluster Recall

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Freightliner Business Class M2, 108SD, and 114SD trucks. The affected trucks have been modified to be equipped with both left hand and right hand instrument clusters. Due to incompatibilities between the displays, the instrument clusters and/or turn signals may become unresponsive. CONSEQUENCE: Unresponsive instrument clusters and/or turn signals can increase the risk of a crash. REMEDY: DTNA will notify owners,…

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DOT Report on Tesla Trailer AutoPilot Crash

DOT Releases Report on Tesla Tractor-Trailer Accident

A report issued this month by the Department of Transportation regarding the high-profile 2016 crash involving a Tesla Model S and a tractor-trailer reached the conclusion — again — that the inattention of the Tesla’s driver was to blame for the crash. NHTSA says the car’s operator, who died in the collision, was leaning too heavily on the car’s driver assist systems, which failed to brake when a tractor-trailer crossed…

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Penske Rental Trucks with Collision Avoidance

Penske Rental Trucks with Collision Avoidance

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet. “These added vehicle features underscore our commitment to over-the-road safety for our commercial truck rental customers and their drivers,” said Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental at Penske. “These systems can help commercial drivers avoid collisions and the braking system provides additional stopping power when needed.” Penske has…

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2016-2017 Daimler Trucks RV Chassis Recall

Daimler Trucks North America Chassis Frame Recall

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 FCCC XBR, XCL, XCM, and XCR recreational vehicle chassis manufactured January 1, 2016, to October 12, 2016, equipped with Cummins ISL engines. The power steering hose on the affected vehicles may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering…

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2013-2017 Freightliner Cascadia PDM Recall

Freightliner Cascadia PDM Recall

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC. (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Freightliner Cascadia vehicles manufactured September 24, 2012, to May 27, 2015 and equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) engines. The affected vehicles have a Power Distribution Module (PDM) that is mounted near the CNG fuel tank. Due to its location, the PDM may be sprayed with water and contaminants from the road, possibly causing the PDM to short…

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Freightliner MotorHome Chassis Brake Recall

Freightliner RV Chassis Recall

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) XCM, XCR, and XCL motorhome chassis manufactured December 21, 2012, to December 22, 2015. On certain motorhome chassis built with a heavier, adjustable, straight foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome service brakes are released. CONSEQUENCE: If the brake activation signal to a towed device…

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