Daimler Truck North America is recalling over 60,600 more vehicles, citing an increased crash risk, because a joint may have been insufficiently tightened.
The recall affects various 2019-2021 Freightliner trucks built at its manufacturing plant in Santiago, Mexico. The issue could cause a loss of steering control, according to the OEM.
“The drag link taper joint may not have been tightened sufficiently and could come loose, resulting in a complete separation of the drag link from the steering arm,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recall Management Division Chief Alex Ansley said in a Feb. 28 letter.
Daimler recalls certain 2019-2021 Freightliner trucks
The company will inspect the drag link taper joint and repair it if necessary for free.
Previously, Daimler Truck North America received reports from customers in 2020 and 2021 about steering issues.
A prior recall about the same issue and plant involved 112,000-plus 2019-2020 Freightliner Classic Cascadia and 2019-2021 Freightliner Cascadia trucks.
Daimler had been addressing the issue with other trucks through a service campaign, but safety officials expressed concerns about risks, according to an NHTSA report. Daimler issued the recent recall update as a precaution.
Owner notification letters are slated to be mailed April 21.