Collins Bus Corporation is recalling 2,845 school buses that may not afford adequate leg protection to passengers when seated.
The NHTSA recall campaign affects some of the company’s Bantam, Grand Bantam and Super Bantam buses manufactured from October 2002 through May of this year. Collins said the vehicles do not conform with FMVSS 222 and requirements that school bus passengers have adequate protection for their legs. In the event of a crash, passengers could sustain vehicles because they are not properly protected in this zone impact area.
A company spokesperson said that the vehicles in question are constructed with seats containing optional child anchorage system lower anchorages. During testing, it was discovered that a small area directly behind the anchor point may not be adequately padded for proper knee protection for passengers seated behind these positions. The anchorages are ordered as an option and are not on every bus, nor every seat. As such, the final population will probably be smaller than originally estimated.
Subject to final testing, Collins expects the solution to be the addition of padding at the rear of the affected seats.