Daimler Trucks North America has recalled 18,105 Freightliner Cascadia trucks because of brake defects. According to a report on Trucks.com, the recalled vehicles have improperly tightened brake caliper mounting bolts. The recall includes model year 2018 and 2019 Freightliner Cascadia trucks that were manufactured between Jan. 2, 2017, and May 19, 2018. Daimler said that up to 25 percent of the recalled vehicles could have this manufacturing defect.
The problem dates back to August 2017 when the company began to receive notification of missing bolts in some of its vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the brake caliper mounting bolts may not have been properly tightened at the factory, which could result in the caliper detaching. If the caliper separates from the wheel assembly, braking performance will be negatively affected and could increase the risk of a crash.
When the recall begins, Daimler will notify owners and dealers, and the caliper assembly will be inspected and tightened if necessary. This is the second recall in less than a year for Daimler, with over 3,000 model-year 2018 Freightliner and Western Star trucks being targeted by NHTSA for the same issues in late 2017. It is not clear if there were any accidents, injuries or fatalities as a result of these truck defects. Daimler has said it will begin to notify truck owners starting Aug. 13.
Danger of Defective Brakes
Faulty brakes can be problematic with any vehicle. But, when the brakes of a large truck fail, the consequences can be catastrophic. Because of their large size and weight, a big rig that is barreling down the roadway with failed brakes has the power to take down a number of smaller vehicles. And as we know, when a large truck strikes a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer serious or even fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident caused by defective brakes, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable, particularly if the brake failure was caused by poor maintenance. However, if the brake failure that led to the accident was caused by an inherent manufacturing defect, the truck’s manufacturer can also be held financially responsible for the injuries damages and losses. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.