23-104-TUS – Wheelchair Track Anchorages May Detach – 2006-2008 Micro Bird G5, 2010-2012 G5, 2014-2015 G5, & 2020-2021 G5 School Buses

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November 23, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V795000

Wheelchair Track Anchorages May Detach/FMVSS 222

Wheelchair track anchorages that detach may not adequately restrain an occupant, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V795

Manufacturer Corp. Micro Bird, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

Potential Number of Units Affected 22

 

Summary

Corp. Mirco Bird, Inc. (Micro Bird) is recalling certain 2006-2008 G5, 2010-2012 G5, 2014-2015 G5, and 2020-2021 G5 school buses equipped with transversal wheelchair track anchorages. The wheelchair track anchorages may not sufficiently secure a wheelchair and detach during a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 222, “School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection.”

 

Remedy

Dealers will reattach the transversal anchorages, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 15, 2024. Owners may contact Micro Bird customer service at 1-819-477-2012. Micro Bird’s number for this recall is 23-104-TUS.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 


This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This is to inform you that your vehicle may contain a defect that could affect the safety of a person.

Micro Bird has decided that a non-conformity which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2006-2008, 2010-2012, 2014, 2015, 2020 and 2021 school vehicles.

In the recalled vehicles, the installed transversal wheelchair track anchorages may not comply with the force requirements of Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, Standard #222, “School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection.” A track anchorage that is not installed as to withstand a sufficient force may detach during a crash, increasing the risks of injury to passengers.

To complete this recall, owners will contact you to make an appointment for repair. We recommend that you order a few correction kits so you can correct vehicles presenting the defect without any delay.

We request that you apply for reimbursement via the GOLs claim system with detailed invoices and list of repaired vehicles so we can update our files.

Micro Bird Corporation will provide instructions and parts, as well as reimburse labor to mitigate this recall at no charge. The repair will consist in reattaching the tracks according to the instructions.

The allotted time to correct the defect is two (2) hours per vehicle.

Important: We want to remind you that recalled vehicles must be corrected before you sell, lease, or deliver them; vehicles returned at the end of a lease must be corrected before they can be offered for sale as used vehicles.

We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause and we thank you for your cooperation.

 


Chronology :

Following a long hiatus in the installation of transversal wheelchair track anchorages, it was inquired on April 24, 2023 to validate the installation method and hardware for these tracks before installing new transversal tracks.

Tests were conducted and, after further analysis, it was concluded that the hardware used in the past may not be sufficient to comply with Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations, Standard #222, School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection.

On November 16, 2023, it was decided to recall the vehicles equipped with transversal wheelchair track anchorages.

Micro Bird has not received any report of incident or claim regarding this noncompliance.

 


10 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
MICRO BIRD G5 2006-2008, 2010-2012, 2014-2015, 2020-2021

 


3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V795-8401.pdf 645.662KB

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Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V795-3578.PDF 215.339KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-23V795-6539.pdf 150.044KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V795&docType=RCL

 


 

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