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53K school buses recalled over seat safety issue

Recalls And Warnings
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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 53,000 school buses nationwide are being recalled because they do not meet federal safety standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

NHTSA said certain Thomas Built school buses have seats that may not “provide sufficient impact absorption” which increases the risk of injuries in a crash.

The recalled school buses were manufactured by Daimler Trucks North America.

Call 12 for Action reached out to Rhode Island school districts to find out if they have the recalled buses in their fleets. As of Friday afternoon, 12 of the districts had responded and two of them – Lincoln Public Schools and the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District – said they are using the affected buses.

It’s unknown at this time how many buses in each district have been recalled.

The recall covers these 2014-2020 Thomas Built models:

  • Minotour
  • Saf-T-Liner C2
  • Saf-T-Liner EFX
  • Saf-T-Liner HDX

Daimler said no injuries have been reported related to the seat defects.

The company plans to notify dealers and owners of the recall on Dec. 2, 2019, and according to a report, it will repair affected school buses by adding “additional impact material” to the seats.

It’s unclear whether school districts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have the recalled school buses in their fleets.


Susan Campbell ( is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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