WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 1,600 MY 2009-2010 Freightliner and Sterling trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13 EPA07 engines manufactured with grid heaters. 

Increased internal grid heater resistance, caused by improperly tightened screws, may melt the solder on the grid heater circuit board. This could lead to a short circuit. A short circuit raises the risk of fire. 

Detroit Diesel will repair the trucks free of charge. The engine control logic will be reprogrammed to provide cold-weather starting without the need of a grid heater. Wiring to the grid heater will be removed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. 

This safety recall is expected to begin on or before Dec. 18. The recall affects the following trucks: 

  • Freightliner/Cascadia MY 2009-2010
  • Freightliner/M2 MY 2009-2010
  • Sterling/9500 MY 2009-2010. 

Truck owners with questions can reach Detroit Diesel at (313) 592-5800. Daimler Trucks can be reached at (800) 547-0712.