Thomas Er 2002



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Thomas Er 2002 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
07V544000FREIGHTLINER LLCfrom 10/23/2000 to 01/24/2006V (Vehicle)3330303/28/2008ODITHOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.11/29/200711/29/2007
Defect SummaryCertain 2001 through 2008 thomas built fs-56, er, mvp er, hdx, and mvp ef school buses manufactured from october 23, 2000, through january 24, 2006, equipped with tyco pc board and type ii auto reset circuit breakers. type ii auto reset circuit breaker temperatures may exceed the rating of the tyco pc board causing the boards to melt potentially resulting in a vehicle fire.
Consequence SummaryA vehicle fire can occur possibly resulting in a crash.
Corrective SummaryThomas built will notify owners and repair the buses by replacing the type ii auto reset circuit breakers with manual circuit breakers, and the jumper cable. the recall began on march 28, 2008. owners may contact thomas built customer support office at 336-889-4871.
NotesFreightliner recall no. fl-516.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
OTHER - SCHOOL BUS STOP ARM ASSEMBLY
05V347000FREIGHTLINER LLCfrom 01/08/2002 to 03/08/2005V (Vehicle)595409/14/2005ODITHOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.08/03/200508/02/2005
Defect SummaryCertain 2002-2005 my thomas built minotour, conventional, mvp-er, er, hdx, and mvp-ef model school buses manufactured between january 8, 2002, and march 8, 2005, equipped with specialty mfg 5 series stop arms originally sold in or currently registered in states other than the following states: alaska, colorado, connecticut, delaware, idaho, illinois, indiana, iowa, kansas, kentucky, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, missouri, montana, nebraska, nevada, new hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north dakota, ohio, oregon, pennsylvania, rhode island, south dakota, tennessee, utah, vermont, virginia, washington, west virginia, wisconsin, wyoming, and the district of columbia. in extremely cold weather, the microswitches used internally to position the stop arm sign in the open and closed positions may malfunction, causing the sign to open or close in an improper position, or to not open at all.
Consequence SummaryShould the stop arm not perform properly, a child or pedestrian may be endangered by passing vehicles should the motorist not stop at the correct location.
Corrective SummaryFor those buses operated in or near any of the states listed above, thomas built is encouraging the bus owners to obtain the replacement switch. for those buses operated in the warmer states, dealers will replace the switch upon owner request. for those customers who request the remedy, thomas built will replace the original switch with a switch pack that is not sensitive to extreme cold weather and will inspect to ensure the microswitch heater wiring is properly connected. the recall began on september 14, 2005. owners may contact thomas built's customer support office at 336-889-4871.
NotesThis action is deemed a safety improvement campaign and is not being conducted under the safety act.freightliner/thomas built recall no. fl-454.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236; (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
05V340000FREIGHTLINER LLCfrom 01/08/2002 to 03/08/2005V (Vehicle)1358309/14/2005ODITHOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.07/25/200507/28/2005
Defect SummaryCertain 2002-2005 my thomas built minotour, conventional, mvp-er, er, hdx, and mvp-ef model school buses manufactured between january 8, 2002, and march 8, 2005, equipped with specialty mfg 5 series stop arms originally sold in or currently registered in the following states: alaska, colorado, connecticut, delaware, idaho, illinois, indiana, iowa, kansas, kentucky, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, missouri, montana, nebraska, nevada, new hampshire, new jersey, new mexico, new york, north dakota, ohio, oregon, pennsylvania, rhode island, south dakota, tennessee, utah, vermont, virginia, washington, west virginia, wisconsin, wyoming, and the district of columbia. in extremely cold weather, the microswitches used internally to position the stop arm sign in the open and closed positions may malfunction, causing the sign to open or close in an improper position, or to not open at all.
Consequence SummaryShould the stop arm not perform properly, a child or pedestrian may be endangered by passing vehicles should the motorist not stop at the correct location.
Corrective SummaryThomas built will notify its owners and replace the original switch with a switch pack that is not sensitive to extreme cold weather and will inspect to ensure the microswitch heater wiring is properly connected free of charge. the recall began on september 14, 2005. owners may contact thomas built's customer support office at 336-889-4871.
NotesFreightliner/thomas built recall no. fl-454.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236; (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
STRUCTURE - BODY - DOOR - HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
08V087000DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICAfrom 01/01/1994 to 03/10/2008V (Vehicle)24343508/18/2008ODITHOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.02/26/200802/27/2008
Defect SummaryDaimler trucks is recalling 243,435 my 1995-2008 thomas built school buses manufactured between january 1994, and march 10, 2008. (additional buses have been added to this recall campaign. please see supplemental report no. 4) the emergency exit door handle begins corroding around the securing roll pin and square drive mechanism causing the protective finish to chip and flake. continued corrosion and pitting weakens the handle. handles weakened by corrosion may break while trying to open the door from the exterior.
Consequence SummaryIn the event of an emergency, a person on the outside of the bus may break the door handle trying to open the emergency exit potentially delaying evacuation and increasing the risk of personal injury to the vehicle's occupants.
Corrective SummaryDaimler trucks will notify owners and will replace the handles with a more robust handle free of charge. repairs will be performed by thomas built buses dealerships. the recall began on august 18, 2008, and notification for the revised population is expected to begin on or about april 29, 2009. owners may contact thomas built at 336-889-4871.
NotesDaimler trucks recall no. fl-525.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
05V208000FREIGHTLINER LLCfrom 11/01/2002 to 02/28/2005V (Vehicle)153MFRTHOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.04/27/200505/09/2005
Defect SummaryCertain my 2002-2005 thomas built saf-t-liner er school buses and er transit buses manufactured between november 2002 and february 2005 and equipped with john deere 8.1l compressed natural gas engines models hfn01 and hfn03. the engine control unit and throttle can unexpectedly surge. these units fail to conform to federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 124, accelerator control systems.
Consequence SummaryA sudden engine surge could possibly result in a vehicle crash.
Corrective SummaryJohn deere will notify the customers of freightliner/thomas built and will update the engine control unit software free of charge. owners may contact john deere at 1-800-jd-engine.
NotesCustomers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
Thomas Er 2002 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
EQUIPMENT - OTHER - OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL
PSD-302B07/30/200810034604Thomas built: it has been determined that certain model buses, er-hd, hdx and mvp-ef units, have the von #70 s-cam brackets that could develop cracks in the lower portion. *pe2010-12-10
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR
PSD-302B07/30/200810034604Thomas built: it has been determined that certain model buses, er-hd, hdx and mvp-ef units, have the von #70 s-cam brackets that could develop cracks in the lower portion. *pe2010-12-10
STRUCTURE - BODY - DOOR
51R302/14/200810025902Thomas built buses: there have been reports of the forward door leaf hex shaft breaking. *pe2008-09-15
STRUCTURE - BODY - DOOR - HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
51R302/14/200810025902Thomas built buses: there have been reports of the forward door leaf hex shaft breaking. *pe2008-09-15
Thomas Er 2002 investigations
NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
PE07029THOMAS BUILT BUSES, INC.06/20/200711/29/2007SIDE ELECTRICAL FUSE PANEL FIRES07V544000
 The office of defects investigation (odi) opened this investigation after becoming aware of two school bus fires that started in the side mounted electrical fuse panel on a pair of thomas built school buses.thefleet owner had reported the bus interiors filled with smoke, certain electrical devices became inoperative, and the buses stalled. the two buses involved in the fire incidents have consecutive vin numbers and the fires were similar, but not identical to a previous recall (06v-136) conducted by thomas built.these buses were not included in the prior recall, which involved a defective power distribution module (pdm).after further technical evaluation, freightliner decided they would conduct a safety recall to correct deficiencies in theprevious recall and also expand the population to capture all affected buses.the corrective action freightliner plans to take will be forwarded to odi when available. accordingly, this investigation is closed.