Daimler recalling Freightliner, Western Star trucks

| March 8, 2012

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 103,000 of its Class 8 trucks manufactured between 2006 and this year, it said in a notice to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is to fix an engine fuel line that could be damaged during maintenance, NHTSA said. “The pump to rail high pressure fuel line support system is sensitive to assembly torque and may be damaged during service work,” NHTSA said. “The line supports may loosen, potentially leading to fuel line cracking and a fuel leak.” The leaked fuel could be ignited resulting in a fire, the agency added.

Included in the recall are Freightliner 114SD, Business Class M2, Cascadia, Century, Columbia and Coronado models; Sterling 9500; and Western Star 4700, 4900 and 6900 models, mostly covering model years 2006-2013.

The recall also involves 428 Detroit DD13 and DD15 and DD16 engines sold to other vehicle manufacturers.

The company said no accidents or injuries have resulted from the reported defect.

DTNA will notify owners and replace, where necessary, the fuel line support system for free at a DTNA authorized service facility, the company said. Owners may call (800) 547-0712 for information.

Owners may call NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 and reference recall campaign number 12C-2.

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