The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said today that Daimler Trucks North America is recalling nearly a thousand heavy-duty trucks equipped with faulty seat belt buckles.
The affected models include certain 2014 Freightliner 108SD, 114SD, 122SD, Coronado, Argosy, Cascadia, Columbia, and M2 Business Class, and Western Star 4700, and 4900 vehicles manufactured Aug. 5, 2013, through Nov. 15, 2013, and equipped with IMMI-brand L9 seat belt buckles.
When the button is pressed to release the seat belt, the latch plate can become partially engaged with the buckle, making the seat belt difficult to unlatch. As a result, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”
If the latch plate remains partially engaged after the button is pressed, exiting the vehicle could be hindered, which would increase the risk of injury in the event of an emergency.
Daimler Truck will notify owners of the affected vehicles and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt buckle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by May 27, 2014. Owners may contact Daimler at (800) 385-4357. Daimler’s number for this recall is FL-661.
Owners may also contact the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov.