According to news reports , a safety defect/noncompliance notice received by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Navistar, the manufacturer of MaxxForce brand diesel engines, school and commercial buses, trucks, personnel carriers and vehicle parts, is planning to initiate a recall of several school bus models due to safety defects.
The reports states that Navistar planes to recall certain models year 2011 and 2012 IC RE school buses produced from February 4, 2010 until June 16, 2011 and 2011 and 2012 bus models IC RE made between August 24, 2010 and June 8,2011. These models have a positive battery cable that may rub against the hydraulic cooler reservoir-mounting bracket. This defect could result in an electrical short, which in severe cases could result in a vehicle fire. No information was provided as to how many buses may be afflicted with this defect.
Navistar also plans to recall around 340 buses with model years 2011 and 2012 CE and RE made from October 8, 2009 until April 14, 2011 because they were manufactured without, or with incorrectly installed, floor channel reinforcements. This means the buses fail to conform with seat back rear force displacements requirements and increase the risk of passenger rearward ejection.
These recalls are expected to begin September 16 of this year. No injuries have been reported in association with these recalls. The company plans on notifying owners and working with them to repair the buses free of charge.
As an Orangeburg personal injury attorney , I’ve seen similar recalls in the past and know the inherent dangers of these safety issues. If you have been injured in an accident that was the result of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss your case.