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Recalls issued for nearly 15,000 Freightliner, Western Star, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Autocar trucks


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Matt Cole, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ)  /  February 11, 2019

Nearly 15,000 trucks manufactured by Paccar, Daimler and Autocar are being recalled for various defects, according to recent documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Paccar is recalling approximately 6,857 Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors for an issue with the seat belt assemblies. The company says seat belt buckle assemblies in the affected trucks may have been glued and not sewn during manufacturing, possibly causing the assembly to come apart in the event of a crash.

Affected trucks include model year 2018 Kenworth T680 and T880, and model year 2018 Peterbilt 567 and 579.

Paccar is notifying affected truck owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt buckle assembles that weren’t sewn for free. Owners can contact Paccar customer service at 1-918-259-3258 with recall numbers 18KWG and 18PBD. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-870.

Daimler’s recall affects approximately 6,795 Freightliner and Western Star tractors and chassis equipped with certain Eaton Electronic Clutch Actuation (ECA) heavy-duty truck clutches. The company says an internal component in the clutch assemblies could fail, possibly resulting in unintended vehicle movement. Affected truck models 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

Daimler will notify affected truck owners, and dealers will update the software and repair any physical components for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL-803. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-903.

Autocar also announced it is recalling approximately 1,003 model year 2019 Xpeditor trucks due to an issue where the universal joint strap bolts at the transmission output yoke may not be properly tightened. If these bolts are loose, the strap may disconnect from the truck, and the drive shaft could detach.

Autocar has notified owners, and dealers will properly tighten the bolts for free. Owners can contact Autocar customer service at 1-888-218-3611 or 1-877-973-3486 with recall number ACX-1901. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-889.

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