A recall has been announced by Daimler Trucks on a number of vehicle models. These models include 2012-2013 Freightliner 108SD vehicles, Business Class M2 vehicles, Cascadias, and Coronados that have a Haldex quick release valve. Each of these vehicles was produced between February 3 and March 2 of this year. 3,116 vehicles are affected by this recall.
The issue has to do with the cover of the aforementioned valve. This cover may become separated from the body of the valve due to an error in the manufacturing process. If this happens, then the brakes in the front of the vehicles may fail. This would make it harder for a vehicle to slow down at an acceptable rate should the brakes need to be applied, creating a crash risk due to the lengthened stopping distance.
Owners will be notified by Daimler Trucks North America by June 15 at the latest. In cases where the defect is identified, customers will be able to bring their vehicles in to an authorized dealer to get the unit replaced. This quick release valve replacement will take place without cost to the consumer.
Being a personal injury lawyer in San Francisco, I’m sorry to see a widespread safety defect like this. Every component on a vehicle is crucial, but brakes are even more so. Without this vital piece of an automobile functioning properly, lives are put at risk. I hope as a San Francisco car accident attorney that this gets taken care of before people get injured.