Daimler recall reveals new Western Star model
A recall from Daimler Truck North America has inadvertently confirmed the next addition to the Western Star X series of heavy-duty professional trucks. A small number of pre-production 57X models have a defect where a portion of the cowl can peel off and fall off.
Western Star has rebranded its off-road heavy-haul trucks as X-Series models. The 49X and 47X represent the bulk of a 2,294-unit recall to replace hood-mounted stainless steel side intake covers that can detach from the intake. It is estimated that approximately 1% of vehicles exhibit the condition that led to the recall.
Daimler is aware of eight warranty claims and one field condition report, including three covers that fell off while the truck was moving. If the hood side inlet stainless steel cover falls off during operation, it may cause debris on the road and increase the risk of an accident.
No injuries reported in the recall
No injuries were reported, Daimler told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Production took place between March 9, 2019 and April 1, 2022.
Daimler builds about 600 Western Star trucks per month, so the recall is relatively small. But that came ahead of the marketing announcement for the next product in Western Star’s revamped lineup, which is set to replace the 5700XE which went out of production in late 2021.
Daimler brought forward that date by asking dealers to cancel orders for the 5700XE due to a supply chain disruption that has made semiconductors difficult to obtain in the volumes truck manufacturers need. Daimler was among the first automakers to repurpose microchips to where they were needed most.
The 5700XE is a Western Star version of Daimler’s flagship Freightliner Cascadia. The 57X, seen in review, also appears to be based on the Cascadia. An unknown number of 57X models still owned by Daimler were caught in the recall. Companies build prototypes, non-saleable and salable models before regular production begins.
The 57X portion of the recall may have been as few as half a dozen. Daimler amended its defect report to NHTSA on Thursday to increase the number of recalled trucks to 2,294 from 2,288 reported to NHTSA on April 7.
The side intake covers will be removed and replaced with new parts. New side air intake covers will be assembled at Newberry, SC supplier Creative Liquid Coatings. DTNA Authorized Service Centers will perform repairs. Owners and dealers will be notified of the recall in a first class letter on June 5. The NHTSA recall number is 22V-227.
Separate wiper reminder
Separately, Daimler has recalled 520 49X models from 2020 to 2022 because windshield wipers may fail. On affected vehicles, the wiper linkage and casting may wear and break, which could lead to wiper malfunction. Reduced driver visibility can increase the risk of an accident.
Daimler has received 35 warranty claims and two field reports regarding the issue, which affects up to 800 trucks, although only 520 have been included in NHTSA’s action. They were built between March 19, 2019 and June 30, 2021. The company will notify customers of the recall on June 6. She is still working on a fix for the problem. The NHTSA recall number is 22V-230.
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