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Seatbelt issue prompts wide truck recall

Jason Cannon January 2, 2014

Issues with IMMI-brand L9 seat belt buckles has prompted Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks to recall select models of trucks.

According to the recall, when the button is pressed to release the seat belt, the latch plate can become partially engaged with the buckle, making the seat belt difficult to unlatch.

“If the latch plate remains partially engaged after the button is pressed, egress from the vehicle could be hindered, resulting in an increased risk of injury in the event of an accident or emergency,” the recall says.

Mack will recall certain model year 2014 CXU and MRU trucks manufactured Aug. 12, 2013, through Oct. 9, 2013.

Also impacted are model year 2014 Freightliner 108SD, 114SD, 122SD, Coronado, Argosy, Cascadia, M2 Business Class, and Western Star 4700, 4900, and 6900 vehicles manufactured Aug. 5, 2013 through Nov. 15, 2013 as are Volvo model year 2014 VAH, VHD, VNL, and VNM trucks built Aug. 12, 2013 through Nov. 14, 2013.

DTNA says it will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt buckle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Jan. 26, 2014. Owners may contact Daimler at 1-800-385-4357. DTNA’s number for this campaign is FL-654.

Mack and Volvo say they will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt buckle, and if necessary, replace the seat belt buckles, free of charge. Each recall is expected to begin this month.

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