Safety Issues Prompt Several Recalls from Daimler Trucks

Safety Issues Prompt Several Recalls from Daimler Trucks
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October 9, 2015

A commercial vehicle manufacturer is issuing several recalls to fix safety issues in its products.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling about 4,400 model year 2006-2015 Thomas Built Buses FS-65, Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EF, Saf-T-Liner EFX, Saf-T-Liner HDX, and Minotour DRW school buses, equipped with certain Ricon model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, S5510 wheelchair lifts.

The affected lifts are equipped with folding link arms that may have pivot holes that are too big, allowing the bearings to move out of position. If the bearings move out of position, the stowed platform may have excessive movement resulting in failure of the platform mounting. This failure could cause the wheel chair lift platform to fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened, increasing the risk of injury for the lift operator.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the link arms for damage or for displaced bearings. The platform will be inspected for cracks. Any damaged parts will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015.

The company is also recalling about 275 model year 2016 Freightliner Cascadia, Business Class M2, 108SD, 114SD, and 122SD, Western Star 4700 and 4900, Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2, and Freightliner MT55 vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Cummins ISB6.7, ISL9, ISX12 or ISX15 engines whose engine control module (ECM) may short circuit and blow a fuse resulting in the engine stalling without warning. An engine that stalls without warning increases the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECM free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2015.

Next, Daimler is recalling about 50 model year 2014-2016 Freightliner Business Class M2, 108SD, and 114SD trucks. Due to incorrect positioning, the rear disk brake calipers may contact the spring suspension reducing rear brake performance. A reduction in braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will correct the orientation of the rear brake calipers, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2015.

Lastly, DTNA is recalling 4 model year 2016 Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses. The recall applies to vehicles with certain Cummins ISB6.7 engines. In the affected buses, the engine control module (ECM) may short circuit and blow a fuse resulting in the engine stalling without warning. An engine that stalls without warning increases the risk of a crash.

The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2015.

Owners with questions about any of these recalls can contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000.