PORTLAND, Ore. -- Freightliner LLC has recalled about 133,000 of its air-brake equiped medium-duty and heavy-duty Business Class trucks built since May 1991.Trucks with hydraulic brakes and school bus...
BUSINESS CLASS: Recalled trucks may suffer bent pedal push rods
PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner LLC has recalled about 133,000 of its air-brake equiped medium-duty and heavy-duty Business Class trucks built since May 1991.
Trucks with hydraulic brakes and school buses are not involved.
Freightliner is in the process of notifying affected customers about the defect.
The brake-pedal push rod, which activates the service brakes, could bend and fracture, resulting in a loss of braking.
Owners of affected Freightliner Business Class trucks are being advised to visually inspect their vehicles for bent brake pedal push rods.
If the rod is not bent, the vehicle is safe to operate.
To remedy the problem, the pedal push rod will be replaced with one of a larger diameter.
First priority will be given to vehicles with dual steer, and next to vehicles in construction, refuse, fire and emergency applications, the company says.
Freightliner dealers will have replacement factory parts available by early December for the dual steer vehicles. Most dealers are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to remedy the situation.
Parts for the remaining vehicles will be available as soon as possible, the company said.
In addition, representatives at Freightliner’s toll-free customer assistance center (800) FTL-HELP are available around the clock to answer questions about the recall.
For more information on how to inspect for a bent rod, visit Freightliner’s Website at Freightliner.com.
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