Defective Bosch Steering Box Leads to Recalls from DTNA, Tiffin

DTNA is recalling about 1,400 trucks, while Tiffin recalls about 550 buses

Defective Bosch Steering Box Leads to Recalls from DTNA, Tiffin
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June 6, 2016

A pair of manufacturers are recalling vehicles with potentially compromised steering.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Tiffin Motorhomes have announced recalls for vehicles that feature certain ZF RL77 / 80EM independent front steering axles equipped with Bosch 8018 steering boxes. The boxes were manufactured using incorrect internal spacers that can cause premature wear in the connection between the steering wheel and the front axle.

The steering wheel's connection to the front axle could fail, resulting in a sudden loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

DTNA believes that about 1,400 of its model year 2015-2016 FCCC XBP, XBR, XCM, XCR, XCL, and XCP trucks are impacted by this issue, while Tiffin is recalling about 550 of its model year 2014-2016 Allegro Phaeton and 2015-2016 Allegro Bus trucks.

The companies will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering box if necessary, free of charge. Owners are urged not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected.

The recall from DTNA is expected to begin by June 13, 2016. Tiffin has not yet released a schedule.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact DTNA at (800) 745-8000 and Tiffin at (256) 356-8661.