Potential Corrosion of Door Part Prompts Recall of Buses
The stem connecting the outside emergency door handle to the opening mechanism may corrode
Daimler is recalling more than 24,000 buses due to a structural problem.
The affected vehicles include:
- 1998-2002 Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner Conventional
- 2000-2002 Saf-T-Liner ER
- 2000-2002 Saf-T-Liner MVP-EF
- 2000-2001 CL-960
- 1998-1999 Vista
- 2000-2002 Saf-T-Liner MVP-ER
- 2000-2002 TL-960 transit buses
- 2003 Saf-T-Liner FS65
- 2013 Saf-T-Liner C2
- 2013 Saf-T-Liner HDX
In the affected vehicles, the stem that connects the outside emergency door handle to the emergency door opening mechanism may corrode. If this occurs, the door handle could detach from the emergency door opening mechanism, delaying the opening of the door and the evacuation of the bus. In the event of an emergency, this may increase the risk of injury to the bus occupants.
Daimler will notify owners and dealers will either replace the stems or protect them against corrosion, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin on July 29, 2016.
For more information, owners may contact Daimler's customer service department at (800) 547-0712.