Recall report: Faulty ESC units, e-communication modules force two huge Sprinter recalls

Updated Feb 18, 2021
Safety Recalls

The following safety recalls were issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Autocar is recalling certain 2018-2021 Xpeditor vehicles. These vehicles may have a seat belt harness routing located too close to the seat mechanism. If the harness chafes and short circuits, the circuit protection fuse will open, and the engine will shut off and not restart. The vehicle may stall and not restart, without warning, increasing the risk of a crash, personal injury or property damage. NHTSA says potentially 3,196 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Daimler Vans USA is recalling certain 2012-2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vehicles upfitted into campers or recreational vehicles. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) unit may become disabled on these vehicles. If ESC becomes disabled, vehicle driving stability may be impacted under certain driving conditions, increasing the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 48,667 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Daimler Vans USA is recalling certain 2016-2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris and 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles. The software design of the communication module may fail to communicate the correct vehicle location for the emergency call system (eCall) in the event of a crash. Failure of the eCall system may result in emergency responders being dispatched to the wrong location, increasing the risk of injury following a crash. NHTSA says potentially 84,345 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Micro Bird is recalling certain 2014-2021 Micro Bird G5 vehicles with electrical wiring, routed behind the driver's seat, that may have been damaged during rivet installation. If the electric cabling is damaged, certain safety accessories or lamps may stop working, or a short-circuit may occur, increasing the risk of a fire. NHTSA says potentially 5,413 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Micro Bird is recalling certain 2013-2021 Micro Bird G5 school buses with electrical wiring, routed behind the driver's seat, that may have been damaged during rivet installation. If the electric cabling is damaged, certain safety accessories or lamps may stop working, or a short-circuit may occur, increasing the risk of a fire. NHTSA says potentially 564 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Shyft Group is recalling certain 2020-2021 RV Chassis K2, K3, K4 vehicles. The steering gear mounting fasteners may come loose, and fall out or interfere with other steering components. If the steering gear mounting fasteners interfere with other steering components, difficulty in steering may occur, increasing the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 548 vehicles are affected by this recall.
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