Unsafe Driver Seat Prompts Transit Bus Recall from New Flyer
New Flyer Industries is issuing a recall for buses with defective driver seats.
The auto manufacturer's announcement applies to about 4,850 transit buses equipped with certain Recaro Ergo-M Commercial Bus Driver Seats. The affected seats have J-Brackets that may be missing welds, which could allow the seat belt anchorage assembly to separate.
If the assembly separates, the bus driver may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
The following models are included in the recall:
- 2015 New Flyer MD30
- 2012 C35LFR
- 2010-2011 D35LFR and NABI 35LFW
- 2011 D40LFR
- 2010-2012 D60LFR and NABI 31LFW
- 2010 C40LF, DE35LF, D40LF, DE40LFA, DE60LFA, GE35LFR, and GE40LF
- 2009 DE60LF and GE40LFR
- 2010-2013 C40LFR, DE60LFR, NABI 416, and NABI 60BRT
- 2010-2015 XD35, XDE40, NABI 40LFW, and 42BRT
- 2011-2015 XD40 and XN40
- 2013-2015 XD60, XDE60, and XN35
- 2010-2014 XDE35
- 2013 XE40
- 2012-2015 XN60
New Flyer will notify owners instructing them to inspect their seats for missing welds. Recaro will supply replacement anchorage brackets and cover the labor to replace them if any welds are missing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact New Flyer customer service at (204) 224-6706 and Recaro customer service at (800) 873-2276.