Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain 2012-15 Freightliner and Western Star trucks for an issue with the tie-rod assembly, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Approximately 1,200 trucks are affected.
More specifically, Freightliner 114SD, Business Class M2, Cascadia and Coronado trucks, as well as Western Star 4900 trucks model year 2012-15 are affected. In some front axle, brake lining, and brake spider combinations, braking may cause high vibrations, resulting in early failure of the tie-rod tube, according to a NHTSA recall acknowledgment sent to DTNA.
A tie-rod failure would cause a disconnect between the front wheels, resulting in a loss of steering ability and increasing the risk of a crash.
Owners of affected trucks will be notified. Dealers will replace brake linings, brake spider and tie rods as needed for free. The recall is slated for Sept. 24. For questions, call DTNA customer service at 800-547-0712 with recall number FL782. NHTSA’s recall number is 18V-503.