Friday, December 30, 2011

Navistar Bus Recall

Navistar, the manufacturer responsible for MaxxForce brand diesel engines, school and commercial buses, trucks, personnel carriers and vehicle parts, has recalled multiple school bus models because of safety defects. Navistar is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and manufacturers a number of heavy-duty vehicles for everything from construction and farm use to people and cargo conveyance. The BE and CE series buses are built by subsidiary IC Bus.

Navistar plans to initiate a recall for certain models year 2011 and 2012 IC RE school buses manufactured from February 4, 2010 until June 16, 2011 and 2011 and 2012 bus models IC RE made between August 24, 2010 and June 8,2011.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report that these models have a positive battery cable that might rub against the hydraulic cooler reservoir-mounting bracket. This defect could lead to an electrical short, which in some cases could result in a fire. No information was given as to how many buses may be affected by this defect. The New York Times reported that up to 15,500 buses could be affected by this recall.

Navistar also plans to recall approximately 340 buses with model years 2011 and 2012 CE and RE manufactured from October 8, 2009 until April 14, 2011 because they were made without, or with improperly installed, floor channel reinforcements. This means the buses do not conform with seat back rear force displacements requirements and raise the risk of passenger rearward ejection.

In December of 2011, Navistar recalled certain model year 2012 International Durastar and IC Bus HC Heavy trucks and buses manufactured from February 10, 2011, through February 18, 2011, that were equipped with a Meritor MFS08 Series Non-Drive front steer axle. During the assembly process, the steering attachment bolts may have been insufficiently torqued. Insufficient torque of the steering arm bolts may result in bolt fatigue and fracture and/or arm separation, thereby potentially resulting in loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash. No injuries were associated with these recalls. Navistar plans to notify owners soon and work with them to repair the buses free of charge.

Our firm is currently investigating claims for those people who have been by a recalled Navistar bus. If you would like a free case evaluation, please contact Booth Samuels at toll free 1-866-515-8880 or at