Faulty fifth wheel connectors, steering issues prompts truck recalls

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 10/14/2015

According to Oct. 13 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, nearly 10,000 trucks are being recalled for a fifth wheel issue. Nearly 6,000 Freightliners and 4,000 Internationals could have faulty Fontaine Ultra LT Fifth Wheel connectors. The locking mechanism on the fifth wheel may fail to operate.

It is unclear if the nearly 10,000 trucks in the latest recall include the original 6,800 fifth wheels recalled in September, but a representative at a Navistar service center told Land Line that the latest recall likely falls under the umbrella of the original Fontaine recall with some additions.

NHTSA campaign number for Freightliners is 15V-616 and Daimler Trucks North America recall number is FL-692. For Internationals, campaign number is 15V-607.

Affected vehicles include:

  • International Lonestar 2012-2014
  • International Prostar 2011-2014
  • International Transtar 2011-2013
  • Freightliner Business Class M2 2011-2014
  • Freightliner Cascadia 2011-2014
  • Freightliner Columbia Glider 2011-2014
  • Freightliner Coronado 2011-2014

In a separate recall, more than 9,000 Freightliners may have a defect with the steering. If the steering arm bolts are not properly tightened, the steering arm may separate from the knuckle, causing a loss of steering. Campaign number 15V-613 with DTNA recall number FL-691.

Affected Freightliners include:

  • 108SD 2016
  • 114SD 2016
  • 122SD 2016
  • Business Class M2 2016
  • Cascadia 2016
  • Columbia Glider 2016
  • Coronado Glider 2016

The last recall announced includes several Freightliners and Western Stars that are being called back for issues with their Eaton Fuller FR 10-speed manual transmissions. When shifting from reverse to neutral, the reverse gear may stay engaged. When the transmission shift lever is moved from reverse to a forward gear position, the transmission may mechanically lock because both the reverse gear and forward gear are simultaneously engaged.

Campaign number 15V-617, DTNA recall number FL-693.

Trucks listed with faulty transmissions are:

  • Freightliner 108SD 2015-2016
  • Freightliner 114SD 2015-2016
  • Freightliner Business Class M2 2015-2016
  • Freightliner Cascadia 2015-2016
  • Western Star 4700 2015-2016

Notifications will be sent out to all drivers who own an affected truck. Owners of affected Freightliners and Western Stars should call Daimler Trucks North America with any questions at 800-745-8000. International owners can call Navistar at 800-448-7825. Those with fifth wheel recalls can also call Fontaine at 844-597-7393.

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