The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that Daimler Vans USA and Prevost Car Inc. are recalling vehicles because of safety issues.
Daimler Vans USA is recalling 52,993 of its 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter VS30 and Freightliner Sprinter VS30 vehicles.
According to the Daimler recall notice, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning blower motor circuit may be inadequate, which can allow the wiring harness to overheat. Owners are advised to only operate the HVAC front blower in manual (not automatic) mode whenever the engine is on, and they should not use the maximum blower or lowest/highest temperature settings until the remedy is performed. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 14.
Prevost Car Inc. is recalling 555 of its 2018-2023 H3-45 motorcoaches and H3-45 VIP motorhomes. The automatic fire suppression system optical fire sensor in the engine compartment’s lower region may corrode and malfunction, its recall notice said.
In this event, the fire suppression system may give a false warning to the driver, command an unwarranted engine shutdown and release a chemical fire extinguishing agent in the engine compartment. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 15.
All Prevost recalls are being launched, and all operators will be contacted individually if their vehicle is impacted, Mathieu Claise, a Prevost spokesperson, told Bus & Motorcoach News.
Prevost isn’t recommending that the recalled coaches be taken off the road until they are repaired.
“Operators had been contacted individually with the relevant information,” Claise said in an email. “Each of the recalls has different repair times, and information has been given to the affected customers. Our customers have the choice to do it by their own mechanics or at our service centers.”