Two separate recalls announced by Daimler affect about 8,206 Freightliner and Western Star trucks from the 2018-2021 model years, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.
The largest of the two recalls includes about 6,795 trucks and is due to an internal component in the clutch assembly that may fail, which could cause the truck to move unexpectedly. Models included in this recall include:
- 2018-2019 Freightliner 108SD
- 2018-2019 Freightliner 114SD
- 2018-2019 Freightliner 122SD
- 2018-2019 Freightliner Business Class M2
- 2018-2019 Freightliner Cascadia
- 2018-2019 Western Star 4700
- 2018-2019 Western Star 4900
- 2018-2019 Western Star 5700
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will update the software and replace the clutches, free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-865. NHTSA’s recall number is 20V-642.
The other recall affects about 1,411 model year 2020-2021 Freightliner Cascadia, 2021 Freightliner 108SD, 114SD and Business Class M2 and Western Star 4700, 4900 and 5700 trucks. In the affected trucks, the steer axle spindle nut snap-ring locking feature may be incorrectly installed or missing from the left spindle nut at the spindle, which could result in a wheel-end failure and potentially a wheel-off/separation incident.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the hub cap plug, and reinstall or replace of the snap-ring as needed, free of charge. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-866. NHTSA’s recall number is 20V-660.