Parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt Paccar, has issued a recall last Dec. 5 for 2014 year model Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T700, T800, T880, C500 and W900 trucks that were built between July 1, 2013, and Sept. 17, due to potential defect that can cause stop/tail/turn lights to not work.

Recall says it's possible that the plastic housing of the stop/tail/turn lamp can shrink and the bulb can would fall out of its retention ring, which can increase crash risk.

Kenworth will notify truck owners and dealers can replace the lamps with new ones. The recall will begin this month. Truck owners can contact Kenworth at 425-468-7400.

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Kenworth T680 built between July and December of 2013

On the other hand, Daimler Trucks North America, parent company of Freightliner, also issued a recall in December, for 2013 and 2014 Freightliner Cascadia trucks built between Dec. 11, 2012, and Nov. 27, 2013. The trucks are equipped with a Meritor Wabco electronically controlled air suspension, for which the wiring harness could be reversed.

Recall says the reverse connection could adjust the suspension axle hight incorrectly, which would reduce driving traction or parking brake effectiveness.

Daimler will be notifying truck owners, and dealers can inspect the wiring and correct free of charge, the recall notes. The recall campaign will likely begin Feb. 16. Truck owners can contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712

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Freightliner Cascadias built between December 2012 and November 2013

Posted January 14, 2014 - Overdrive