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Navistar  has recalled 21,831 International brand trucks to check for a  possible defect that could cause an electrical  short.

The  recall affects certain 2010-13 model-year trucks equipped with  Navistar MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 engines and Bosch  alternators, Navistar said in a report filed with the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nearly  two-thirds of the vehicles affected are International ProStar  models, although TranStar, WorkStar PayStar and a small number of  2012-13 LoneStar models are also included. In all, the recall  identifies 19,264 trucks in the United States, 2,543 in Canada and  24 exports.

The  recall affects an alternator cable that can come into contact with  a high-pressure power steering hose. The friction could compromise  the cable's insulation and possible cause an electrical short,  Navistar spokesman Steve Schrier said in a  statement.

Schrier  said the recall will be addressed through installation of a  standoff bracket and improved harness routing to better route the  alternator wires away from the hose.

This  recall supersedes a previous recall Navistar issued in August 2011  for the same defect. The new recall expands the scope of the  original, which included 6,552 vehicles, according to NHTSA  records.

The  trucks identified in the new recall include those fixed during the  2011 recall.

All  owners that had their vehicles repaired under the earlier recall  campaign will need to have their vehicle remedied under this one€  NHTSA  said.

Daimler Trucks  North America said it was recalling all 110,000 of its 2006-2013  Freightliner, Western Star and Sterling trucks equipped with Detroit  Diesel 13-, 15- and 16-liter engines to fix a defect the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration said could cause accidents, fuel  leaks and fires.

Daimler  reported that the engines €™ pump-to-rail High-Pressure Fuel Line support  system is sensitive to assembly torque and may be damaged during service  and maintenance procedures,” Daimler spokeswoman Amy Sills said.

There have  been no related accidents or injuries,€ Sills said. DTNA is  implementing a proactive and voluntary safety  campaign.€

The trucks  involved include 95,853 sold in the United States, 13,479 in Canada and  1,079 that were exported, she said.

Company  officials estimate that less than 1% of this vehicle and engine  population is affected by the reported defect,€ Sills  said.

Daimler also  offers heavy-duty engines from independent Cummins Inc. for both its  Freightliner and Western Star brands, but none of its engines was  involved in the recall. 

Model Years  2006 through 2013 were affected, Sills said.

Sills said the  Freightliner models involved were the 114SD, Business Class M2,  Cascadia, Century, Columbia and  Coronado.

 

BENDIX RESPONSE TO ATR-6VALVE ACTION

ELYRIA, Ohio – Feb. 2, 2012 – Safety and customer satisfaction are a top priority at Bendix.

When concerns arise, we do everything possible to provide accurate information and to ensure the fastest and least disruptive resolution possible. Bendix has identified a potential defect in our Bendix ATR-6valve manufactured between December 2, 2010, and January 18, 2012. On January 26, 2012, Bendix advised NHTSA of the potential defect. The defect, which can potentially occur only in vehicles operating in extremely cold conditions (at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit / -18 degrees Celsius), has caused several vehicle manufacturers – PACCAR, Volvo and Navistar – to defer shipments of trucks with the ATR-6 valve manufactured between December 2, 2010, and January 18, 2012. Approximately 50 – 60,000 vehicles are covered. We remain in close contact with our customers and are working diligently to address the issue and remedy the situation. A temporary remedy kit is available now. A permanent remedy kit will be forthcoming.

The ATR-6 valve is an Automatic Traction Control Relay Valve. Vehicle operators are advised that this is an intermittent air leakage issue, not related to Bendix stability systems. Vehicle ABS and service braking will still operate normally on covered vehicles. It is also essential to understand that if a vehicle operator elects to install the temporary remedy kit, Bendix ESP full stability system and Bendix Wingman ACB & Wingman Advanced will be temporarily suspended until the permanent remedy kit is installed.

A Q&A about this issue is available through the Bendix ATR Value Update link at www.bendix.com. In addition, our Bendix ATR-6 Action Line is staffed from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET seven days a week for technical questions and ordering information. The toll free number is 1-800-478-1793.

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