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Daimler Trucks To Recall 53K School Buses For Seat Safety Issue

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Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a division of German automaker Daimler AG, is recalling around 53,000 Thomas Built school buses, citing safety issue with seats. The recall is expected to begin on December 2.

The recall involves Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner EFX, Minotour, Saf-T-Liner C2, and Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses equipped with SynTec S3B or S3C seats. These buses were manufactured between July 5, 2013 and August 15, 2019.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, the seats lack impact absorption, which increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The seats may have been manufactured with styrene blocks that may not provide sufficient impact absorption in certain specific areas around the steel seat frame of the back support.

NHTSA, which announced the recall, noted that these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for school bus passenger seating and crash protection.

Daimler Trucks dealers will install additional impact material between the re-bond back and the vinyl back cover to increase the amount of absorption, free of charge.

Recently, luxury car maker BMW recalled most of its models from 2018 to 2020 in the United States, citing the lack of an image in the back-up camera display that increases the risk of a crash. The recall also includes Rolls-Royce Phantom and Cullinan as well as 2020 Toyota Supra vehicles.

Japanese automaker Honda Motors in July recalled about 1.6 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States for Takata non-desiccated airbag inflators. In March too, Honda had recalled about 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. for Takata airbag issues.

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