Unsafe Recaro Driver Seats Prompt Bus Recall from Van Hool
A Belgian automaker has announced a recall for buses with defective seats.
Van Hool is recalling certain model year 2012 A300L, 2011 C2045, 2011-2013 T2145, 2012-2015 TD925, 2016 TDX25, and 2014-2015 TX45 motor coaches 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 seatbelt anchorage assembly separates from the J-Bracket, the bus driver may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
About 200 buses are equipped with the potentially defective seats.
Van Hool will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seats to determine if welds are missing. Any J-Bracket that is missing welds will be removed and replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 11, 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact ABC Bus Companies at (800) 222-2875.