Portland, OR – June 25, 2021 – Daimler (NASDAQ:DDAIF), which owns Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), is recalling 8,482 heavy-duty trucks with possible loose tie rods, which are important parts of steering. The loose rods may result in the loss of steering and increase the risk of a crash or injury.
This recall concerns the “tie rod clamp nut” (part #MPTUE0171) and includes the following vehicles:
- 2021 – 2022 Freightliner 114SD
- 2021 – 2022 Freightliner 122SD
- 2021 – 2022 Freightliner Business Class M2
- 2021 -2022 Freightliner Cascadia
- 2021 – 2022 Western Star 4900
- 2021 – 2022 Western Star 5700
A tie rod is part of the steering responsible for “moving the wheel” when you turn it.
On vehicles that are part of this recall, a nut that holds the tie rod clamp in place may become loose. With time, this can allow the tie rod to separate from connecting steering components or even break apart as a result of excessive vibrations.
A decrease in steering response is an indication that your vehicle’s tie rod ends may have become loose or broken. This may lead to the driver’s eventual loss of control on the steering system.
It is unsafe to continue driving the vehicle with no control over the steering system. If such a situation arises, you should get your vehicle towed by an authorised towing service.
With the driver’s inability to steer the vehicle, there is an increased chance of a crash or injury. This could also present risks for other motorists and pedestrians as well .
Other Daimler Trucks recalls
Some 2019 models were recalled because of faulty air brakes, which could lower their performance and increase the risk of crash.
To fix the issue, Daimler dealers will replace tie rod clamp bolts and nuts. The repair is free of charge. Notifications will be sent to owners around July 17.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
This Mercedes-Benz recall includes more than 8,000 heavy-duty trucks and spans over several brands. To see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.