More than 1,200 model year 2012-2015 Freightliner and Western Star tractors are being recalled because of a possible problem that could cause a tie rod failure, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Daimler Trucks North America alerted NHTSA of potentially 1,256 trucks that could be affected. However, DTNA estimates that only 1 percent of recalled trucks are affected. Trucks included in the recall are:
- 2012-2015 Freightliner 114SD
- 2012-2015 Freightliner Business Class M2
- 2012-2015 Freightliner Cascadia
- 2012-2015 Freightliner Coronado
- 2012-2015 Western Star 4900
According to NHTSA documents, in certain front axle, brake lining and brake spider combinations, braking can cause high vibrations, resulting in the failure of the tie rod tube. A tie rod failure would cause a disconnect between the front wheels, resulting in a loss of steering.
DTNA will begin notifying affected truck owners on Sept. 24, and dealers will replace brake linings, brake spiders and tie rods for free.
Owners can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL782. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-503.