The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week certain Freightliner 1998-2000 models are among December recalls. About 3,500 Western Star 4800, 4900, 5800, 5900 and 6900s built between December 1998 and February 2000 could experience chafing in the engine, possibly resulting in fire.
Trucks equipped with Caterpillar 3406E and C-15 engines could experience interference between the positive battery cable and the electronic control module to the engine. Chafing can wear through the battery cable insulation allowing contact between the battery cable and the stud. This contact could cause a short circuit, which may result in fire.
NHTSA says dealers will inspect the vehicles, and replace the battery cables or re-route as necessary. Freightliner reported that owner notification began this month. Owners who do not receive a free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.
Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recalls, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of vehicle by calling the agency's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (327-4236), or on the Internet at www.nhtsa.dot.gov. The hotline also can be used to report safety problems.