Daimler Trucks North America said it is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Freightliner Cascadia trucks that were manufactured between March 27, 2015 and Nov. 4, 2014, and are powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
The affected vehicles have a tailpipe that allows hot exhaust to exit near the CNG tank pressure relief device. Hot exhaust may cause the CNG to be unexpectedly released from the tank, and discharge of CNG in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Daimler said it will notify owners, and dealers will extend the tailpipe beyond the pressure relief device, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 1, 2016. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-695.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.
There have been 48 recalls on Cascadia vehicles in recent years. Since 2004, Cascadia’s have experienced approximately 57 recalls due to hazards with various components, including the engine, fifth-wheel assembly, manual transmission, idler and attachment and electrical system.