FL986 – Insufficient Interior Joint Strength – 2024-2025 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 & 2024 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 Jouley School Buses

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December 13, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V843000

Insufficient Interior Joint Strength/FMVSS 221

A school bus with insufficient joint strength may not adequately protect passengers in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V843

Manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America, LLC

Components STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected 321

 

Summary

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2024-2025 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 and 2024 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 Jouley school buses. A rear interior joint between the bulkhead and window panel may have been manufactured incorrectly, resulting in insufficient joint strength. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 221, “School Bus Body Joint Strength.”

 

Remedy

Dealers will add additional mechanical fasteners to secure the joints, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 4, 2024. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL986.

 

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.

 

Check for Daimler Trucks North America Recalls

 


Chronology :

In late November 2023, TBB identified a possible mis-installation of the rear interior bulkhead to the rear interior window panel on a vehicle at its facilities. TBB promptly corrected the issue on this particular vehicle. Because work on a vehicle occurs across multiple production shifts, but the observed mis-installation of the interior bulkhead occurred during a specific production shift, TBB also began an investigation of whether other vehicles also could have had this joint installed during this particular production shift.

In the last week of November 2023, upon determining that some vehicles did have the bulkhead to window panel installed in this shift, TBB began to investigate whether the rear interior joint for any of those other vehicles may have been improperly installed. Thomas Built Buses continued working to identify potentially affected vehicles and conducted testing on the rear interior joint to understand whether it met the joint strength performance requirements of FMVSS 221. On December 06, 2023, DTNA decided to initiate a voluntary noncompliance recall for this issue.

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
THOMAS BUILT BUSES SAF-T-LINER C2 2024-2025
THOMAS BUILT BUSES SAF-T-LINER C2 JOULEY 2024

 


2 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V843-1743.pdf 645.448KB

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Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V843-7351.PDF 214.615KB

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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=23V843&docType=RCL

 


 

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