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Freightliner Corporation

Models: Sterling Acterra Year: 2000

Number Involved: 2,700

Dates of Manufacture: January - December 2000

Defect: These heavy duty trucks have an incorrect wiring of the instrument lighting dimmer switch that can cause it to fail. This could result in a loss of the instrument cluster lighting.

Remedy: Dealers will correct the wiring for the instrument lighting dimmer switch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin April 24, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V028/Freightliner Recall No. FL-279]

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Freightliner Corporation

Models: Sterling Acterra Year: 2000

Number Involved: 2,858

Dates of Manufacture: January - December 2000

Defect: These heavy duty trucks have an undersized ground wire for the defroster blower motor switch that can cause the switch to overheat and fail. This results in a loss of the defrosting system.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the defroster blower motor switch ground wire. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin April 24, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V029/Freightliner Recall No. FL-280]

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Freightliner Corporation

Models:

Freightliner FLB Year: 1999 Freightliner FLD Year: 1999 Freightliner Century Class Year: 1999 Freightliner Argosy Year: 1999 Freightliner Cargo Year: 1999 Freightliner FLN Year: 1999 Freightliner S112 Year: 1999 Freightliner FS-65 Year: 1999 Freightliner XC Year: 1999 Thomas Built MVP-EF Year: 1999 Thomas Built MVP-ER Year: 1999 Thomas Built Transit Liner ER Year: 1999 Orion II Year: 1999 Orion V Year: 1999 Western Star Constellation Year: 1999 Western Star Heritage Year: 1999

Number Involved: 16,000

Defect: On these heavy duty truck, school and transit bus chassis and motor home chassis equipped with certain TRW tie rod assemblies built with 24-DL ball sockets, the tie rod ball-socket bearings have a below-specification case depth and/or hardness that can lead to premature wear of the socket. If this condition occurs, the driver can lose control, possibly resulting in a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace all defective ball sockets and/or drag links with new components. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was to begin during March 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V044002/Freightliner Recall No. FL-284]