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Daimler Detects Heating Defect in North American Truck Models, Plans Massive Recall

Published On Apr 18, 2016By Prashant Talreja

Daimler's North American branch revealed a possibility of recalling a mass of truck models over a minor default that the company traces to the vehicles. Over 9000 Freight-liner Cascadia trucks of model year 2015-2016, made between March 24, 2014, will be affected by the recall, which centers around an overheated HVAC auxiliary unit.

The instruments have been designed by Bergstrom Parksmart, who had written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underlining the possibilities of a fire hazard with respect to this equipment. “Overheating of the compressor connector on units built with the open style compressor connector cap has resulted in a small percentage of potential fires (one tenth of one percent, 0.1%),” Bergstrom said in his letter.

Daimler had estimated that around 8865 trucks could fall within the blanket of potentially affected models. The company will be carrying out the recall from May 7.

On the 1st of April, the NHTSA acknowledged Daimler's trucks, where it had specified that it was going to conduct the recall. According to the safety body, the truck maker was going to alert owners to take the vehicles to the nearest dealers, who would then have the models checked and carry out a free-of-charge replacement if the specific defect is found.

About Daimler:

Daimler is a multinational automotive corporation based in Stuttgart, Germany. Some of its esteemed marques include Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, BharatBenz and Mitsubishi Fuso. Drawing in revenues that surpass hundreds of billions of dollars, the company has a solid employee base of nearly 300,000. The corporation stands as the second largest truck producer in the world.

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