Emergency Exits Are Not Clearly Marked in Recalled Forest River Buses

An occupant may be unable to open an emergency window if it is not properly labeled

Emergency Exits Are Not Clearly Marked in Recalled Forest River Buses
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May 4, 2016

Forest River has issued a recall for transit buses without adequate emergency exit notifications.

The company is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Startrans Bus Senator II, Senator HD, Candidate II, President, and President S2 transit buses. The labels on the rear emergency exit window are not located within 16 centimeters of the release mechanisms as required. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 217, "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release."

If the label is not located the correct distance from the mechanism, it may hinder an occupant's ability to open the emergency window and escape from the vehicle quickly in the event of an emergency.

Nearly 500 buses are potentially impacted by this issue.

Forest River will notify owners, and provide a new label along with instructions for the correct placement of the label on the window. The label and instructions will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 10, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact StarTrans customer service at (574) 642-3112.