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Friday, February 29, 2008

DAIMLER TRUCKS IS RECALLING THOMAS BUILT SCHOOL BUSES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
THOMAS / ER
2001-2008
THOMAS / MVP EF
2001-2008
THOMAS / MVP ER
2001-2008
THOMAS BUILT BUSES / FS-65
2001-2008
THOMAS BUILT BUSES / HDX
2001-2008
THOMAS BUILT BUSES / MINOTOUR
2001-2003 2008
THOMAS BUILT BUSES / SAF-T-LINER C2
2001-2008
Manufacturer : DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date : FEB 21, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V087000 NHTSA Action Number: PE07054
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 93552
Summary:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS IS RECALLING 93,552 MY 2001-2008 THOMAS BUILT SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2000, AND MARCH 10, 2008. THE EMERGENCY EXIT DOOR HANDLE BEGINS CORRODING AROUND THE SECURING ROLL PIN AND SQUARE DRIVE MECHANISM CAUSING THE PROTECTIVE FINISH TO CHIP AND FLAKE. CONTINUED CORROSION AND PITTING WEAKENS THE HANDLE. HANDLES WEAKENED BY CORROSION MAY BREAK WHILE TRYING TO OPEN THE DOOR FROM THE EXTERIOR.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, A PERSON ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUS MAY BREAK THE DOOR HANDLE TRYING TO OPEN THE EMERGENCY EXIT POTENTIALLY DELAYING EVACUATION AND INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY TO THE VEHICLE'S OCCUPANTS.
Remedy:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND WILL REPLACE THE HANDLES WITH A MORE ROBUST HANDLE FREE OF CHARGE. REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED BY THOMAS BUILT BUSES DEALERSHIPS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 2, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THOMAS BUILT AT 336-889-4871.
Notes:
 DAIMLER TRUCKS RECALL NO. FL-525. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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