TCI Recalls Trans Tech, U.S. Bus School Buses

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Transportation Collaborative, Inc. (TCI) recently notified NHTSA of two recalls, including buses that fall under the agreement reached last fall to remedy problems with models manufactured by the former U.S. Bus, which TCI purchased in November of 2007.

Recalls were announced concerning a noncompliance issue with 2007 model-year U.S. Bus models STHF5, STH5, and Universe school buses manufactured between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2007. The buses are equipped with Freedman Seating Company 33 1/2-inch school bus barriers.

According to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI): “In the event of a crash, a passenger’s knee may come in contact with the rear surface of the non-compliant restraining barriers, which could result in personal injury to the occupant.”

The second recall, which covers the same noncompliance issue, covers certain Trans Tech Rondak 4F+9, Q86-5, and STH5 school buses manufactured between February 1, 2008, and June 1, 2009.

TCI said it will notify owners beginning on or about March 31, 2010, and will repair the buses free of charge.

Editor’s note: Read an article from last fall on the dispute between TCI and NHTSA to repair defective U.S. Bus models.