School Bus Stop Arms Recalled Due to Unreliable Reflective Decal

School Bus Stop Arms Recalled Due to Unreliable Reflective Decal
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December 4, 2015

Visibility concerns on school buses are prompting a recall from Specialty Manufacturing Co.

The company is recalling certain Transpec T6000, T6100, and T7000 series school bus stop arms. The affected stop arms have a reflective decal that may peel loose from the stop arm. This fact puts these buses in violation with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 131, "School Bus Pedestrian Safety Devices."

Without a reflective decal, the stop arms would have reduced visibility to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.

Specialty Manufacturing is including about 3,800 units in this recall.

Specialty will notify the bus manufacturers that purchased the affected stop arms, and their dealers will replace the stop arm blade assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Specialty customer service at (800) 951-7867.