Daimler Trucks North America is facing a tough time, as almost 9,000 Freightliner trucks are affected by three separate recalls.
1. Burst Fuel Lines
The largest recall, and also the most recent, stems from a fuel line defect that affects about 4,500 Freightliner and Western Star trucks from 2017 onwards, equipped with Cummins X15 and ISX15 diesel engines. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, should the filter screen get clogged the affected trucks are susceptible to a burst fuel line and sudden engine stall.
“If the fuel line bursts, fuel may leak onto the road resulting in a roadway hazard for other motorists. The engine may also stall without warning, resulting in the vehicle’s inability to restart, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Below are the affected models:
Daimler says it’s already devising a fix, and the recall will start on October 28. Cummins will be reaching out to affected owners. If you questions about this recall, you can contact Daimler’s customer service hotline at 1-800-547-0712, or Cummins customer service at 1-800-286-6467. The reference number for this recall is FL-789.
2. Loose Brakes
The second recall involves brake caliper mounting bolts that may be loose from the factory, which can greatly impact braking performance. Approximately 4,155 Freightliner trucks are affected by the recall, although Daimler estimates that only 1% possess the defect.
The Freightliner models included in this recall are:
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Daimler will be notifying owners by October 6. Affected trucks should pay the dealer a visit, so that the caliper mounting bolts can be tightened for free. For further inquiries, Daimler can be reached at 1-800-547-0712, with recall number FL-783.
3. Pitman Arm failure
The last recall affects only 116 Freightliner Cascadia trucks from 2018 up. The pitman arms for this model may fracture over time, causing catastrophic loss of steering control. Thankfully, the crack-prone pitman arms are only used in this specific truck.
It should be noted however that 2018 and up Cascadia tractors are part of all three recalls.
Daimler will be reaching out to owners by October 6, and dealers will replace the defective arms for free. For further questions, Daimler can be reached at 1-800-547-0712, with recall number FL-784.