Portland, OR – June 19, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), is recalling 6,492 heavy trucks who steering may stop to work. This increases the risk of a crash and injury.
Trucks affected by this recall include:
- 2021 –2022 FCCC MT45
- 2022 – 2023 Freightliner Cascadia
- 2022 – 2023 Western Star 4900
Trucks have steering gears, which connect their steering wheels to the front wheels and transfer movement between them. These components have recirculating steel balls inside it. Their job is to reduce friction between moving components.
On affected trucks, the steering gear may have been assembled with fewer recirculating balls than needed. This increases the loads on the remaining ones while steering, which can cause them to fracture and fall apart, resulting in a loss of steering.
Not being able to steer greatly increases the risk of a crash and injury. You can find out more about risks caused by loss of steering in this Daimler article.
Other Daimler recalls
Some big trucks were recalled over steering issues in October 2021, as reported.
There was a Navistar school bus recall earlier this month because of steering wheels that may potentially detach, as reported. The electric vehicle (EV) school bus – the 2023 Navistar IC EV – as well as the 2023 Navistar CE was part of this recall.
At this time, the manufacturer is still trying to figure out how to fix the issue. But once the repair becomes available, it will be free of charge.
Notifications to the owners will be sent on August 6, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
This Daimler truck steering recall is affecting more than 6,000 heavy trucks. To do a Navistar recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.