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Daimler recalls more than 400,000 trucks for brake light defect


Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling more than 400,000 Freightliner and Western Star trucks that have defective brake lights. Additionally, another 230 Freightliner trucks were recalled just last week for issues with the transmission.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Trucks Affected By Recall

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defect information report states that “on certain vehicles after several hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with a light application of the brake pedal.”

This recall applies to trucks only manufactured in the last 10 years. Approximately 436,095 the model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 model trucks manufactured between March 27, 2007, and Oct. 30, 2017, are affected by the recall.

Truck owners will begin to be notified on January 25, 2018. The company will repair the faulty brake light free of charge.

Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-756. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-761.

To read the NHTSA defect information report, click here.

Just last week Daimler recalled 231 2018 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit automatic transmissions. In these new trucks, a shift lock bolt in the transmission can seize, preventing the transmission from shifting out of gear range 7 through 12.

Owners will be notified of this recall on January 15, 2018. If found applicable, these repairs will also be made for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-754. NHTSA’s recall number is 17V-730.


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