Hundreds of Freightliner Cascadias Recalled Due to Fire Risk From Faulty Exhaust System
Portland, OR – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has once again issued a recall of its Freightliner Cascadias, this time citing improperly installed equipment that increases the risk of a fire in the truck.
According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the exhaust pipe outlet (also known as the exhaust pipe mitigator) may have been mis-installed, facing the tip towards battery boxes mounted directly above between the frame rail.
The recall affects 2022 model Cascadias with a Cummins Engine and battery boxes mounted between the frame rail built at the Cleveland Manufacturing plant between April 1 and July 12 of this year.
The exhaust heat may melt the battery box and possibly result in a thermal event, the company said.
DTNA stated it first became aware of the issue in May of this year after a fire was reported from “field staff.”
An investigation was opened the following month.
During the course of the investigation, DTNA said it received four additional reports of fires.
On September 8, the company decided to conduct a “voluntary safety recall … out of an abundance of caution.”
DTNA estimates approximately 460 units are affected.
No remedy has been established at this time, DTNA confirmed.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 14, 2021.
Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1 (800) 547-0712.
DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-901.
You can read more about the recall on the NHTSA’s website HERE.
Just last week, Transportation Nation Network reported DTNA recently issued a recall of over 113,000 Cascadias for a steering arm issue that could result in “complete loss of steering control.”
Read more about that recall HERE.