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Recalls Issued for Great Dane Trailers, Daimler and Kenworth Trucks

March 19, 2013

By Evan Lockridge

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Great Dane Trailers is recalling certain model year 2011 Dry Freight semi-trailers. Welds at the bottom of the I-beam bogie frame may have been improperly applied.

The cracking and failure of these welds may lead to hanger and axle disengagement. Nearly 700 trailers are being recalled. A hanger and axle disengagement from the bogie frame could lead to a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Great Dane customer service at 1-877-369-3493.

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 2,825 model year 2011-2013 MT45G and MT55G van chassis manufactured from Feb. 15, 2010, through April 30, 2012. These vehicles have gasoline fuel tanks that may experience cracks in the welds and tank material. Cracks in the fuel tanks could lead to a leakage of gasoline and vapors. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace any of the affected fuel tanks free of charge. The recall will begin on April 29. Owners may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA's recall campaign number is FL-640.

DTNA is also recalling 161 model year 2012-2013 Business Class M2, 108SD, 114SD vehicle chassis, manufactured from Dec. 3, 2011, through Oct. 12, 2012 and equipped with a SmartPlex switch hub module.

Residue left over in the manufacturing process of the switch hub module may lead to intermittent shorts and energizing of certain switch hub module outputs. If the module is energized, the module may inadvertently activate body equipment or features, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle operator or increasing the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace any of the affected modules free of charge. The recall will begin on April 29. DTNA's recall campaign number is FL-639.

Paccar is recalling 17 model year 2014 Kenworth T270 and T370 trucks, manufactured from Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2013. The left hand seat belt floor pan reinforcement bracket was not positioned correctly during assembly. This could result in the failure of the seat belt anchor mounting. In the event of a crash, the failure in the seat belt anchor may increase the risk of injury.

Paccar will notify owners and dealers will remove, reposition, and reinstall the reinforcement bracket free of charge. The recall will begin during March 2013. Owners may contact Kenworth at 1-425-828-5000.Kenworth's recall campaign number is 13KWE.

 

Owners of any of the recalled equipment may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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