Two separate recalls have been issued for Daimler and Navistar trucks for defects that could result in a fire.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration documents show Daimler Trucks North America has issued a recall of 7,128 model year 2017-2019 Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700, and 6900 trucks. The documents state the “affected trucks have a power stud that passes through the bulkhead. In certain circumstances the power stud may contact the bulkhead and result in an electrical arc,” increasing the risk of a fire.
Daimler will notify owners and dealers on May 21. Daimler will inspect the pass-through power stud and make any repairs for free, however, the company estimates only about one percent of recalled trucks will actually have the defect.
Truck owners with questions about the recall can contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712 and note recall number FL-766.
Navistar has also announced a recall of 527 International LT trucks model year 2018-2019 equipped with a certain fuel/water separator with drum brakes that increases the risk of fire. According to NHTSA documents, “when the hood is in the closed position, the fender splash panel may rub on the inlet fuel line fitting to the fuel/water separator, causing abrasion damage to the fitting and possibly resulting in a fuel leak … A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire. Additionally, fuel leaking onto the roadway may increase the risk of a crash.”
Navistar will begin their recall on May 25. Truck owners with questions can contact Navistar customer service at 1-800-448-7825 referencing recall number 18503.