Summary: Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling two model year 2013 Saf-T-Liner C2 Thomas Built school buses manufactured from April 18, 2012, through May 11, 2012, and equipped with Detroit Axle brand front axle knuckles. The front knuckles on these vehicles may have a machining error in the wheel bearing area which may lead to premature spindle failure.
Consequence: If the spindle fails, the wheel may separate from the knuckle, resulting in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected components, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 11, 2012. Owners may contact Daimler Trucks North America toll free at 1-800-547-0712.