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Freightliner Recalling 8,865 Cascadia Trucks for Electrical Issue

April 7, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced Tuesday it is recalling 8,865 model year 2015-2016 Freightliner Cascadia trucks manufactured from March 24, 2014, through Nov. 9, 2015.

The affected heavy-duty tractors are equipped with Bergstrom Parksmart HVAC auxiliary units. On these units, there may be inadequate contact between the electrical connector on the compressor and electrical pins causing a high electrical resistance resulting in excessive heat. The truckmaker said the overheated connection can increase the risk of a fire.

DTNA is notifying owners of the trucks and dealers will replace the connector caps. Additionally, dealers will replace the harnesses if there is evidence of heat discoloration. These repairs will be performed free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin on May 7, 2016. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000. DTNA’s recall number for this campaign is FL-703.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov.