Daimler Trucks North America is recalling some model year 2007-2011 Freightliner Cascadia trucks due to possible damage from water leaks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a recall announcement.
The problem affects Cascadia trucks manufactured from March 26, 2007, to Aug. 31, 2010, and the number of vehicles potentially involved is just over 45,000, with an estimated 20% having the defect, according to NHTSA.
Water may leak into the signal-detection and activation module (SAM) chassis causing corrosion, which may result in electrical shorts or possible intermittent operation of trailer lights, NHTSA said.
An electrical short in the SAM chassis may result in a fire, and NHTSA said there is an increased risk of a crash, as irregular operation of trailer lights may prevent other drivers from knowing the truck is slowing or stopping.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the SAM chassis for corrosion, replacing it for free as necessary.
The recall is expected to begin May 4, and owners can contact DTNA customer service at 800-745-8000. DNTA’s recall number is FL-679.