Bus Manufacturer Recalls Vehicles Due to Overheating Hazard

Bus Manufacturer Recalls Vehicles Due to Overheating Hazard
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March 9, 2016

A short circuit risk has prompted a recall from Blue Bird.

The bus manufacturer is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Vision buses equipped with Caterpillar C707 engines. In the affected buses, the positive starter cable may be incorrectly attached to the same Power Distribution Unit (PDU) stud as the battery cable, exposing the smaller battery cable to a higher current draw during cranking.

Exposure to high current draw may cause the battery cable to overheat, melt the wire insulation and increase the risk of a short circuit and a fire.

Blue Bird is including about 730 school buses in its recall, in addition to two transit buses.

The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the starter cable to the chassis power stud. Any damaged battery cables will be replaced. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 17, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Blue Bird customer service at (478) 822-2242.