Two Recalls Issued by Daimler Due to School Bus Safety Defects
Diamler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced a pair of bus recalls to repair window and seat issues.
First, the manufacturer is recalling about 1,200 model year 2016 Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses. The affected buses are equipped with push-out tempered glass windows that may not remain attached to the bus in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 217, "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release."
In the event of a crash, the affected windows may not be able to retain the bus occupants, increasing their risk of injury.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will modify the windows to ensure that they meet the window retention requirements, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2016.
Next, DTNA is recalling about 500 model year 2016-2017 Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner HDX, Minotour DRW and Saf-T-Liner EFX school buses equipped with certain Syntec S3B Track Mounted Seats in 30", 36", 39" and 45" widths. In the event of a severe rear-end collision, the seats may tilt rearward, increasing the risk of injury to passenger's knees and impeding efforts to exit the bus. This defect puts the seats in violation of FMVSS 222, "School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection."
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will install a toe-clamp on the front feet of the S3B track mounted seats, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2016.
Owners with questions about these recalls can contact DTNA customer service at (800) 745-8000 and Syntec customer service at (336) 862-7509.