Daimler Recalls Trucks Due to Brake-Light Issue

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 142.110 Freightliner Cascadia P4 Class 8 trucks due to brake lights not functioning properly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Recall Report 20V-567, the recall covers 128,269 model year 2017-2021 trucks sold in the United States. There were an additional 13,841 sold in Canada. The trucks were manufactured between March 2016 and January 2020.

This is the second brake-related recall for Daimler’s Cascadia trucks in less than three months. During July, the company recalled 183,000 of the trucks from the same model years due to corrosion of an antilock brake component could cause the trucks to pull to one side.

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The problem is a malfunctioning pressure switch which may allow the brake light remains on after the brake pedal is released and during subsequent applications of the pedal, the brake-light’s intensity does not increase. This means the brake light would not be signaling to the other motorists the truck driver’s intent to slow the vehicle, thus potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler received the initial complaint in March 2019 about the switch malfunctioning and a second in June of that year. Which also included an issue with the cruise control. Complaints continued and in August and September 2020, the company determined warranty rates were high for trucks in service for 24 and 36 months. Then, as reported by the NHTSA, “As a result, on September 14, 2020, out of an abundance of caution, DTNA reasonably decided to conduct a voluntary recall as set forth in this report.”

The subject 3-pin brake pressure switch on the affected vehicles will be replaced with 2-pin brake pressure switch along with a jumper harness.

Customers will begin being notified about the recall Nov. 16th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.