Electrical Malfunction Increases Fire Risk in Recalled Daimler Trucks

Electrical Malfunction Increases Fire Risk in Recalled Daimler Trucks
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April 5, 2016

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced a recall for vehicles due to an electrical issue.

The manufacturer is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Freightliner Cascadia trucks. The affected vehicles are equipped with Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC auxiliary units. On these units, there may be inadequate contact between the electrical connector on the compressor and electrical pins, causing a high electrical resistance and resulting in excessive heat.

The overheated connection can increase the risk of a fire.

About 8,900 trucks are included in this recall.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector caps. Additionally, dealers will replace the harnesses if there is evidence of heat discoloration. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 7, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000.