Two separate recalls have been issued for Western Star and International trucks because of defects that could result in a fire.
Daimler Trucks North America has issued a recall affecting 7,128 model year 2017-2019 Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700, and 6900 trucks. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents, the “affected trucks have a power stud that passes through the bulkhead. In certain circumstances the power stud may contact the bulkhead and result in an electrical arc.” That electrical arc, in turn, increases the risk of a fire.
Daimler is expected to begin the recall on May 21. Truck owners with questions about the recall can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 referencing recall number FL-766. You can click here to view the recall documents.
Navistar has also announced a recall of 527 model year 2018-2019 International LT trucks because of a defect that increases fire risk. According to NHTSA documents, “when the hood is in the closed position, the fender splash panel may rub on the inlet fuel line fitting to the fuel/water separator, causing abrasion damage to the fitting and possibly resulting in a fuel leak … A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire. Additionally, fuel leaking onto the roadway may increase the risk of a crash.”
Navistar will begin their recall on May 25. Truck owners with questions can contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825 referencing recall number 18503. You can click here to view the recall documents.
You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) for more information on the recalls.