|Compromised Fuel Lines, Driver's Seat, Steering Column Prompt Blue Bird Recalls|
|Written by Ryan Gray|
|Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00|
UPDATED — Some 5,400 units of model year 2008 through 2011 Blue Bird All American and Vision school buses are being recalled to prevent possible fuel leaks and repair issues with the driver's seat and steering column.
The manufacturer filed a report this week with NHTSA to address the fuel system, fuel delivery hoses, fuel lines and piping, and fittings of the 3,686 Type D transit-style and Type C conventional school buses that were manufactured from May 27, 2007 through March 9 of last year and another 103 of the same Type D and Type C buses manufactured from May 17, 2007 through Nov. 13, 2008 that are all equipped with Caterpillar C7 engines. Blue Bird discovered that the No. 5 and No. 6 fuel lines may crack at the fastening point to the common fuel rail.
If sparked, a resulting leak could cause a fire.
Blue Bird is working with Caterpillar to notify customers and dealers, and Caterpillar will make all repairs free of charge. The NHTSA safety recall was expected to begin around Sept. 1, 2010.
In related news, the Office of Defects Investigation also reported on a problem with the driver's seat shock damper on certain model year 2010 and 2011 All American and Vision school buses manufactured between March 25, 2009 and Jan. 12, 2010. A separate recall concerning a handful of 2010 and 2011 All American non school buses manufactured between the same dates for the same issue was also reported. According to the ODI, the shock damper may break, allowing the driver's seat "to unexpectedly drop to the floor without warning." The recall will begin on or about Aug. 6, 2010.
In the most recent recall, 138 2010 All American school buses manufactured from May 13, 2009 through Aug. 4, 2009 and May 19, 2009 through July 17, 2009, have been equipped with TRW IGEN3 intermediate steering columns with a mislocated weld around the IGEN3 steering shaft tube that secures the spline tube to the intermediate tube. The problem could "result in torsional and axial strength falling below acceptable levels. this condition could result in separation of the steering column, loss of steering control and a vehicle crash without warning." The recall will begin at the end of July.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 08:02|