Recall report: Battery grounding, windshield bonding issues force major recalls

Updated Mar 4, 2021
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The following safety recalls were issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Blue Bird Body Company is recalling certain 2021-2022 Vision and 2022 All American school buses equipped with hydraulic brakes and electronic stability control (ESC). The Hydraulic Brake control unit (ECU) may not have been programmed correctly, possibly causing the ESC to malfunction. If the electronic stability control does not function properly, it can increase the risk of a crash or injury. NHTSA says potentially 60 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Blue Bird Body Company is recalling certain 2020-2022 Vision and All American buses. The seats with integrated 3-point seat belts may have been installed incorrectly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages." An incorrectly installed seat can increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 619 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Freightliner Cascadia vehicles equipped with a Cummins X15 engine. The capscrews that attach the flywheel to the crankshaft may have been improperly torqued, allowing the flywheel to detach. A detached flywheel can cause loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, driveline pieces may be ejected from the engine compartment, increasing the risk of injury. NHTSA says potentially seven vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Daimler Vans USA is recalling certain 2019-2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles equipped with the multimedia system "Connect 5" and a rearview camera. The rearview image may not display within 2 seconds from the start of the backing event. In addition, the rearview image may be obscured or covered by the visual display of the Emergency Call (eCall) pop-up window if the eCall system is activated while the reverse gear is engaged. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rear Visibility." A delayed or obstructed rearview camera display can reduce the driver's view of what is behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 198 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2020 F-Super Duty F350 vehicles equipped with a 6.7L diesel engine, single rear wheels (SRW), 4X4 Crew Cab, Long Box, and a 12k or 12.4k Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. These vehicles may display overstated payload capacity values on the Tire and Loading Information (TREAD) Label, overstated Accessory Reserve Capacity (ARC) values on the Safety Certification Label, and overstated weight values on the Truck Camper Loading Documentation. If the vehicle is loaded to the payload stated on the TREAD label, it may exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and overload the vehicle. An overloaded vehicle can increase the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 9,979 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2021 F-150 and 2020-2021 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty vehicles. During manufacturing, the windshield may not have been properly bonded to the vehicle, allowing it to detach in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 212, "Windshield Mounting." In the event of a crash, if the windshield separates from the vehicle, it can increase the risk of injury. NHTSA says potentially 79,017 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Great Dane Trailers is recalling certain 2021-2022 Champion and 2022 Everest trailers equipped with the WABCO 2S/2M iABS (Anti-Lock Brake) system. The iABS sensor cables may be plugged into the wrong ports on the electronic control unit (ECU). If the sensor cables are installed incorrectly, the anti-lock brake system may malfunction, increasing the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 1,770 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Navistar is recalling certain 2018-2021 International LoneStar and 2017-2021 International LT vehicles. The battery ground cable ring terminal at the frame connecting point may break, resulting in a loss of electrical power and unintended engine shutdown without warning. An unexpected engine shutdown can increase the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 27,457 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Paccar is recalling certain 2021-2022 Kenworth T680, T880, W990, T800, W900 and Peterbilt 579, 567, 389, 367 vehicles equipped with a Cummins X15 engine. The capscrews that attach the flywheel to the crankshaft may have been improperly torqued, allowing the flywheel to detach. A detached flywheel can cause loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, driveline pieces may be ejected from the engine compartment, increasing the risk of injury. NHTSA says potentially 132 vehicles are affected by this recall.
  • Trail King Industries is recalling certain 2021 TKSA trailers. The cross member in the slide pan frame may develop cracks, which over time could cause the cross member to become loose or detach from the frame. A loose or detached cross member can increase the risk of a crash. NHTSA says potentially 34 vehicles are affected by this recall.
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