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Daimler to Recall 3691 Freightliner Trucks Over Faulty Brakes

Published On Apr 26, 2016By Lisa Pradhan

Daimler, one of largest truck makers in North America, has apparently planned to recall over 3,691 Freightliner trucks and other vehicles in the region to fix the issue pertaining to faulty brakes. According to the reports released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling models including 108SD, 114SD and 702 Freightliner M2 Business Class trucks along with Columbia trucks, which were produced between January 6 and February 29, 2010.

The company will perform quality checks on all these truck models and fix the issues pertaining to rear disk brake caliper. These brake calipers are installed in a manner that can lead to a contact between calipers and the vehicle’s spring suspension, thereby creating the risk of a crash.

“Incorrect caliper orientation resulting in contact with the suspension may reduce brake effectiveness. Reduced brake effectiveness could lead to a vehicle crash. The brakes would drag and possibly overheat potentially resulting in a fire. Additionally, following drivers may be confused by the motorhome’s actions, increasing the risk of a crash,” said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On the other hand, DTNA is also planning to recall 2,989 recreational vehicles over the issue regarding faulty chassis service brake activation signal. According to the sources, the brake activation signal remains active even after the release of the vehicle chassis service brakes. In such a scenario, brakes on a towed device could still remain engaged that can potentially increase the risk of injury and collision.

This recall has been made for trucks models including FCC XCS, XCR, XCM, XCP, XCL, XBR, XBS, and XBP vehicles, which were manufactured between January 7, 2013 and June 1, 2015. Fortunately, the defects reported by NHTSA have not yet resulted in any injury or collision.

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