Navistar and Daimler Trucks North America recently announced recalls related to a reported defect in certain Meritor steer axles.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, Meritor reported that cracking in two tie rod clamps had been discovered on their manufacturing line and that they had contained the issue to a certain affected population.
That population included about 451 model year 2022-2023 International HX severe-duty trucks and about 36 model year 2023 Western Star 4700, 4900, 49X, 6900, and Freightliner 114SD trucks.
The recalls state that the tie rod clamps may not have been properly heat-treated, causing them to fail and allowing the tie rods to separate, which could cause a sudden loss of steering.
Navistar said its dealers will replace both tie rod end clamps for free. Owners can contact Navistar's customer service at 1-800-448-7825 with recall number 22520. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-711.
Daimler dealers will also replace the tie rod clamps for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL955. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-722.