Daimler Recalls XB, XC Chassis Over Brake Light & Cruise Control Issue

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Numerous chassis are being recalled from around the country because of an issue affecting both the brake lights and the cruise control.

Daimler Trucks North America announced the recall, which pertains to XB and XC custom chassis under the Freightliner brand.  Each of the 2010 through 2013 model year chassis available were produced from the beginning of 2010 to September 20 of this year.  An estimated 7,594 conveyances are affected by this recall.

The recall was necessitated because an open circuit can result when diode jumpers on the chassis loosen in their connectors.  If this defect presents itself, the ramifications are twofold:  the circuit that activates the brake lights when force is applied may not do its job, nor might the circuit that deactivates cruise control once the brakes are pressed.  Either of these situations could lead to a crash.  The first type of situation would lead to other drivers not being aware that the driver is braking, while the latter could lead to continued cruise control when the driver seeks to eliminate that function.

To make sure that an incident doesn’t befall consumers, owners can expect to receive word from Daimler.  Once the recall is initiated on January 28, owners will be able to obtain a free inspection and repairs from dealers.