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Daimler Trucks Issues Recalls

Editor’s note: The original version of this story, published earlier Tuesday, should have stated that Daimler was recalling trucks for possible problems with the driver seat. There are no issues with the actual seat belts. Daimler also added two more models to its initial recall for the steering wheel problem. An edited version appears below.

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling nearly 10,000 Freightliner and Western Star trucks for possible seat and steering problems.

The recall for possible seat problems affects up to 8,747 recently built Freightliner Cascadia trucks and Western Star 4900s. The steering recall affects 1,000 Freightliner Cascadia,  Business Class M2, 108SD and 114SD models. Daimler spokeswoman Amy Sills said that Daimler added the latter two models on April 5, after the original recall went out. Sills said that the number remains at about 1,000.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which posted the recall on its website, the seats may have “out of specification welds” that could lead the seats to shift or move unexpectedly.

The trucks subject to the steering wheel recall may have been assembled with a steering wheel nut that “may not provide the clamp load required to fully seat the steering wheel on the steering shaft,” NHTSA said.

Without sufficient load pressure, the wheel may not fully seat to the shaft, which could cause the wheel to wobble and possible affect vehicle control, NHTSA said.

The trucks subject to the seat recall were built from Dec. 22, 2011, through Feb. 23 of this year; the vehicles under the steering recall were built from Jan. 20 through Feb 17 this year, NHTSA said.

Daimler will notify owners of the trucks and will have new replacement parts installed by DTNA authorized dealers free of charge, the company said.

Daimler said it discovered the problems “through routine manufacturing and inspections” and knew of no accidents or injuries resulting from the recalled components.

The M2 is a medium-duty vocational, while the Western Star 4900 can be set up for severe-duty or over-the-road service. The Cascadia is Freightliner’s main over-the-road truck. Daimler spokeswoman Amy Sills told Light & Medium Truck’s sister publication Transport Topics  that Daimler believes fewer than 10% of the 10,000 trucks being recalled have one of the defects.

By Frederick Kiel, Staff Writer

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