Brake Light and Turn Signal Defect Forces Daimler to Recall 12,000 Freightliner Chassis

Portland, OR – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has issued a recall due to a chassis defect negatively affecting the rear brake lights and left turn signal.

DTNA is recalling 12,038 Freightliner vehicle chassis because rear “brake lights or left turn signal lights may not function.”


The recall affects 24 models including the 2016-19 Freightliner Custom Chassis XBR, XBS, XCR, XCM, XCL, XCS built between November 23, 2015 and June 29, 2018.

“On certain FCCC XB and XC chassis’, during manufacturing of the rear mounted Power Distribution Module (PDM), which is a PDM unique to these chassis, the internal circuit board may be inadvertently subject to bending stresses which may, after a period of vehicle use, lead to intermittent open circuits,” DTNA explained. “Brake lights not working correctly may not notify motorists of a braking event which may lead to an increase crash risk.”

According to the recall report, no accidents have yet been attributed to the defect.

Owners and dealers will be notified of the recall on September 10.


Vehicles will receive a new rear PDM, DTNA says.

The recall number is 20V-404.

This is the second DTNA recall just this month.

Nearly 183,000 Freightliner Cascadias are being recalled in the United States and Canada due to a risk of sudden and uneven braking.

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