21-086-WUC – Electric Cabling Damaged – 2013-2021 Micro Bird G5 School Buses

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February 1, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V039000

Electric Cabling Damaged

If the electric cabling is damaged, certain safety accessories or lamps may stop working, or a short-circuit may occur, increasing the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V039

Manufacturer Corp. Micro Bird, Inc.

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected 564

 

Summary

Corp. Micro Bird, Inc. (Micro Bird) is recalling certain 2013-2021 Micro Bird G5 school buses with electrical wiring, routed behind the driver’s seat, that may have been damaged during rivet installation.

 

Remedy

Micro Bird will notify owners and dealers will provide field modification instructions, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 22, 2021. Owners may contact Micro Bird customer service at 1-819-477-2012. Micro Bird’s number for this recall is 21-086-WUC.

 

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.safercar.gov.

 


Recall 21-086-WUC/ NHTSA Recall # 21V039

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE – NHTSA Recall # 21V039

This notice applies to your vehicle(s) appearing on the attached list

 

March 2021

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

 

What is being recalled?

Micro Bird has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain G5 models, built on Ford E-Series and GM chassis, year models 2013-2021 school buses manufactured between April 1, 2014 and November 30, 2020.

 

Why is it being recalled?

Micro Bird has determined that while drilling holes to install the trim behind the driver’s seat with rivets, cables, wires or connectors located in the wall behind the driver’s seat may have been damaged.  Also, metal shavings resulting from the drilling may have fallen into an opened connector.

 

What is the safety issue?

If the integrity of the electric cable or wire is compromised, some safety accessories or lamps may stop working, or a short-circuit may occur and a fire may ignite.  Also, if metal shavings have fallen into a live opened connector, the metal shavings may heat and a fire may ignite.

 

What are we asking you to do?

  • Immediately locate the affected unit(s) in your fleet and inspect the vehicles according to the attached repair instructions.

Note: The repair instructions are specific to the model and model year of the chassis on which your vehicle is built. If you have received more than one set of repair instructions, make sure to use the correct repair instructions for each of your vehicles.

  • If you observe a damaged wire or connector, please take good picture(s) of the findings while including a label or tag in the picture that identifies the vehicle Micro Bird body number or VIN.
  • For reimbursement, complete the reply sheet for each repaired vehicle and send them back with the pictures and detailed invoice to Micro Bird by fax at 819 475 9633 or by email at caskenette@microbird.com. This will enable us to update our files.

 

What Micro Bird Corporation will do?

Micro Bird Corporation will provide repair instruction to mitigate this recall at no charge. It will be the responsibility of the bus owners to execute the mitigation.

 

How long will it take?

Since repair time may vary, please consult the repair instructions to learn how long is allotted by Micro Bird for inspection and repair.

Should Micro Bird Corporation Inc. fail or be unable to remedy the situation without charge, you may contact:

Associate Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave S.E., Washington, DC  20590
Phone: (888) 327-4236 (TTY:  1-800-424-9153); or go to https://www.safercar.gov

 

We apologize for this situation and want to assure you that, with your assistance, we will correct this condition.

 

Best regards,

 

Marie Claude Gagnon
Product Certification and Specification Specialist
Micro Bird Corporation Inc.

 

Changed address or sold the vehicle?

If you have changed address, or have sold the vehicle, please complete the form at the end of this letter, sign and date it, then send it to Micro Bird Corp. by fax at 819 475-9633 or by email at dave.caskenette@microbird.com so we can update our records. You can also contact us by phone at 819 477-2012 extension 364. The information you provide will be used to notify the new owner about this recall. If you have leased this vehicle to another person or organization, you must forward this letter to the lessee within ten (10) days.

 

Micro Bird Corporation Inc., 3000 Girardin, Drummondville (Quebec) J2E 0A1

 


DATE: March 2021
TO: Micro Bird Distributors
SUBJECT: Recall # 21-086-WUC /NHTSA # 21V039
FROM: Marie Claude Gagnon, Product Certification and Specifications Specialist, Micro Bird Inc.

 

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

 

What is being recalled?

Micro Bird has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain G5 models, built on Ford E-Series and GM chassis, year models 2013-2021 school buses manufactured between April 1, 2014 and November 30, 2020.

 

Why is it being recalled?

Micro Bird has determined that while drilling holes to install the trim behind the driver’s seat with rivets, cables, wires or connectors located in the wall behind the driver’s seat may have been damaged.  Also, metal shavings resulting from the drilling may have fallen into an opened connector.

 

What is the safety issue?

If the integrity of the electric cable or wire is compromised, some safety accessories or lamps may stop working, or a short-circuit may occur and a fire may ignite.  Also, if metal shavings have fallen into a live opened connector, the metal shavings may heat and a fire may ignite.

 

What are we asking you to do?

  • Immediately locate the affected unit(s) in your fleet and inspect the vehicle according to the attached repair instructions.

Note: The repair instructions are specific to the model and model year of the chassis on which your vehicle is built. If you have received more than one set of repair instructions, make sure to use the correct repair instructions for each of your vehicles.

  • If you observe a damaged wire or connector, please take good picture(s) of the findings while including a label or tag in the picture that identifies the vehicle Micro Bird body number or VIN.
  • For reimbursement, complete the reply sheet for each repaired vehicle and send them back with the pictures and detailed invoice to Micro Bird by fax at 819 475 9633 or by email at caskenette@microbird.com. This will enable us to update our files.

 

What Micro Bird will do?

Micro Bird Corporation will provide repair instruction to mitigate this recall at no charge. It will be the responsibility of the bus owners to execute the mitigation.

 

How long will it take?

Since repair time may vary, please consult the repair instructions to learn how long is allotted by Micro Bird for inspection and repair.

We apologize for any inconvenience this action may have caused and we thank you for your cooperation.

Best regards,

 

Marie Claude Gagnon
Product Certification and Specifications Specialist
Micro Bird Corporation Inc.

 


9 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
MICRO BIRD G5 2013-2021

 


10 Associated Documents

ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V039-6057.pdf 223.393KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2021-2

RCLQRT-21V039-8314.PDF 211.227KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2021-1

RCLQRT-21V039-3088.PDF 211.13KB

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Recall 573 Report- Amendment 2

RCLRPT-21V039-9350.PDF 213.725KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V039-2212.PDF 213.39KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V039-8342.pdf 646.076KB

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Recall 573 Report- Amendment 1

RCLRPT-21V039-7380.PDF 213.634KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-21V039-7733.pdf 199.176KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2021-3

RCLQRT-21V039-3017.PDF 211.31KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2021-4

RCLQRT-21V039-1127.PDF 211.418KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

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