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BLUE BIRD ANNOUNCES RECALL OF SCHOOL BUSES

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 2:12 pm    

A recent AP article reported that Blue Bird Corp. announced that it is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to repair a problem that could make steering the buses more difficult.

According to the article, Blue Bird said that a steering problem can develop on some buses made between 2011 and May, 2013. Blue Bird stated that it has not received any reports of injuries or accidents being tied to this problem.

The company decided to issue a recall after it determined that the increased steering effort resulting from this problem could possibly lead to an accident.

Source: Lancaster Intelligencer/New Era, Monday, July 7, 2014

 

GRACO RECALLS 1.9 MILLION INFANT CAR SEATS

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 2:32 pm    

Graco recently announced that it is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats.  Earlier this year Graco had recalled 4.2 million toddler seats because the harness buckles can get stuck.

According to a recent AP article by Tom Krisher, the harness buckles can get gummed up by fluid and drinks which can make it harder to quickly remove a child from the car seat.  When Graco first announced its initial recall of just the toddler seats in February 2014, NHTSA sent the company a sternly worded letter questioning why the infant seats weren’t included in the recall.

Apparently, Graco initially argued that the infant seats were different than toddler seats claiming that in an emergency the adult could remove the whole seat rather than using the buckle.

But, in a recent letter to NHTSA, Graco stated that further investigation showed a higher than typical level of difficulty in unlatching the infant seat buckles.  Graco says that it will replace the buckles for free.

You can see which infant seats are being recalled by going to www.GracoBuckleRecall.com or by calling 1-877-766-7470.

Source:  Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

 

U.S. REGULATORS INVESTIGATING CHRYSLER FOR POSSIBLE IGNITION-SWITCH DEFECTS

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 1:48 pm    

Reuters recently reported that U.S. Safety Regulators are now investigating approximately 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles for potential ignition-switch problems similar to those experienced in many General Motors cars. Currently Chrysler is the subject of two investigations involving possible nondeployment of air bags because of potentially defective ignition switches.

The Chrysler vehicles being investigated include some Chrysler and Dodge minivans, Dodge Journeys and Jeep SUVs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), they had received complaints of engines stalling in the Chrysler models being investigated, but NHTSA was not aware of any incidents where the air bags did not deploy. Chrysler said that they will cooperate fully with the investigation.

Some safety advocates have suggested that the problems with faulty ignition switches that cause air bags to fail may extend to other manufacturers besides GM and Chrysler. Meanwhile NHTSA, continues to investigate similar issues at General Motors. To date, General Motors has recalled more than 20 million vehicles worldwide.

For more information see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/18/us-autos-chrysler-nhtsa-idUSKBNOET1TB20140618.

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RECALLS 66,421 MOTORCYCLES

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 2:45 pm    

According to a recent AP article, Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 of its 2013 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles because their front wheels can lock-up without warning.   Harley-Davidson states that the front brake line can get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame, which can cause the front wheel to lock-up while riding.  The problem affects motorcycles with anti-lock brakes built between July 1, 2013 and May 7, 2014.

The Associated Press reports that Harley-Davidson stated it knew of five crashes and two minor injuries related to the defect.  Harley-Davidson will be sending out recall notices in July, 2014 and will replace the brake lines for free. And install straps to keep the brake lines in place.

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/business/harley-davidson-issues-recall-over-brake-line-problems.html?_r=0