The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall affecting hundreds of Freightliner and Western Star trucks.
Hundreds of Trucks Recalled for Defect that Could Increase Chance of Crash
The recall is for Freightliner Cascadia trucks and Western Star 5700 trucks which are manufactured with an NFD tandem rear axle. The trucks affected by the recall were manufactured between April 25th and May 17, 2017.
According to the NHTSA, 698 recalled trucks could have an axle defect that could increase the chance of a crash. From the NHTSA report: “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. If output shaft fractures while descending a grade, the compression braking will be ineffective. Additionally, large debris may land in the road. Both scenarios increase the risk of a crash.”
Daimler To Notify Truck Owners Of Recall Via Mail
Repairs for the defect will be made at Daimler Trucks North America service facilities.
The recall is scheduled to begin July 9th. Truck owners will be notified of the defect by mail.
If you have questions about the recall, you can contact Daimler Trucks North America at 1-800-547-0712. Reference recall number FL-738.