Potential steering and seatbelt defects have prompted Daimler Trucks North America to issue a voluntary recall for more than 9,700 of its Western Star and Freightliner trucks. Approximately 8,.747 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4900 series trucks manufactured between December 2011 and February 2012 may have been secured using welding that does not meet current safety specifications. This could cause the truck’s seats to move or shift without warning while the vehicle is in motion, possibly causing an accident or compromising occupant safety in the event of a collision.
In addition to the vehicles recalled due to the seatbelt issue, approximately 1,000 Freightliner Cascadia and Business Class M2 model trucks have been recalled due to a potential defect in the steering wheel assembly. The steering wheels of these vehicles may have been installed with a nut that does not provide sufficient clamp load force to properly place the steering wheel on its shaft. The improperly seated steering wheel may compromise the driver’s ability to control the truck’s movement, increasing the chances that the vehicle will be involved in an accident that could potentially cause injury or death.
As an auto accident lawyer in San Jose, I hope this recall is carried out efficiently before anyone is injured by these potential product defects. If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision linked to a malfunctioning auto part, please consider hiring a San Jose personal injury attorney.