Steer tire issue prompts recall of certain Freightliner Cascadia models

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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Jan. 25, 2021:

Tire issue prompts Cascadia recall
More than 4,000 Freightliner Cascadia trucks are being recalled for a potential issue with the factory set of steer tires, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

The recall affects approximately 4,341 model year 2020-2022 Freightliner Cascadia sleeper trucks equipped with Bridgestone R284, R268 or R283S Ecopia steer tires in conjunction with a specific air dam. The steer tires may experience tread separation or blow-outs while driving, the recall states.

DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires for free. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 with recall number FL872. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-007.

Indiana oversize/overweight permitting system set for weeklong downtime
The state of Indiana's Department of Revenue is transitioning to a new system for applying for oversize/overweight permits to haul within its borders. After 4 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Feb. 1, the current system will stop accepting new permit applications, Indiana DoR says. Customers who have incomplete permits in the system at that time will need to reapply in the new system starting Feb. 8, when it's scheduled to come online for new applications. After Monday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. and through Thursday, Feb. 4, carriers will only be able to view, pay and print permits that have already been applied for in the current system.

Emergency exceptions to the new permits moratorium Feb. 1-8 will be made, Indiana DoR says, if emergency circumstances apply, such as 

  • An unexpected equipment failure that will shut down a manufacturing process;
  • Train derailment;
  • Breakdown or threatened breakdown of electric, gas, water, or telephone public utility facilities; or
  • A situation that poses an immediate danger to life or health (e.g., a smokestack damaged by high winds is threatening to fall).

Heavy/specialized haulers needing frequent permits can access an FAQ posted at this link.