More Than 113,000 Freightliner Cascadias Recalled Due to Risk of ‘Complete Steering Loss’
Portland, OR – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has issued a recall of over 113,000 Freightliner Cascadias for a steering arm issue that could result in “complete loss of steering control.”
According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DTNA said it is recalling certain 2019 Freightliner Classic Cascadia and 2019-2021 Freightliner Cascadia trucks.
DTNA said the drag link taper joint may not have been tightened sufficiently and could come loose, resulting in a complete separation of the drag link from the steering arm.
The drag link separation can cause a complete loss of steering control, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
In the United States, 105,183 units are affected with 8,298 potentially affected in Canada.
DTNA indicated it was first alerted to the problem in April 2020 when it received a field report indicating loose steering in five units from a single customer fleet.
The company did not identify which customer fleet first issued a complaint on the issue.
DTNA stated it investigated the issue through September 2020 and at the time “did not reasonably determine an unreasonable risk to safety.”
However, in or around February 2021, two additional DTNA customers reported loose steering due to the taper joint connection.
DTNA stated it “promptly launched a deeper investigation into the same issue,” and discovered seven more reports of complete separations through warranty claim information.
On August 30, 2021, DTNA decided to conduct a safety recall.
As a remedy, DTNA will inspect the drag link taper joint and repair it as necessary, free of charge.
According to DTNA, affected units were manufactured between April 1, 2018 and July 14, 2020.
The Cascadias affected in the recall were assembled at the Santiago and Saltillo Manufacturing Plants, DTNA stated.
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Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 31, 2021.
Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1 (800) 547-0712.
DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-900.