Every day, millions of students nationwide rely on the bus to take them to and from school. This includes over 10,000 students in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area alone. Thousands of commuters rely on commercial buses to take them to work or to visit another city. With countless people relying on these buses to bring them where they need to be, safety regulations are vital in ensuring that they arrive at their destination in one piece. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of issues that may compromise the safety of our commuters, especially when many of them are children and teens.
Two major manufacturers have recalled over 1,600 school buses
Two bus manufacturers have issued recalls for Daimler and Navistar models this past December. The first recall, which went into effect on December 15th, was issued by Navistar. The manufacturer recalled their 2015-2018 IC Bus RE school buses and 2015-2018 IC RE commercial buses. Nearly 900 vehicles are affected by this recall, with 778 of them being school buses and 105 being commercial buses. This is due to an issue involving incorrect positioning of the air brakes. If ignored, this issue can result in damage to the air hose and prevent the bus from stopping or slowing down. If this defect is found, the dealer will reposition the hose and wheel-speed sensor harness and replace the parts.
The second recall that was issued last month and went into effect on December 16 was by Daimler Trucks North America. A total of 916 of their 2012-2018 Thomas Built Bus Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses were recalled. These school buses are affected by a potential propane leak that can result in a fire. Should the line contact the transmission yoke, the line could be damaged and result in a leak. If a bus of this model is found with this defect, the dealer will reroute the line.
When it comes to the safety of our children, bus manufacturers should take no chances with vehicle defects. However, in the event that their negligence causes an accident, they can be held accountable for any damages or injuries that occur. If you have been injured in a bus accident because of a defect, you should contact an experienced bus accident attorney as soon as possible.