Dangerous School Buses Place Children at Risk of Injury
October 18, 2010 – A recent recall of Thomas Built school buses appears to be based upon an electrical problem. Because of a flawed design, water can enter the electrical system and cause the buses to stall or cause the headlights and windshield wipers to fail.
According to the New York Times, the company knew of the most recent problems with the buses for months before officially reporting the issue to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The problem first generated complaints in February and the company changed the design to avoid the problem beginning in July.
Thomas Built previously recalled about 4000 buses over concerns that the vehicles posed a fire hazard. Here, the first notification of problems appeared almost a year ago and the bus company changed the design of the bus in February.
In both cases, the company did not notify the NHTSA of the issue until September. Under federal safety regulations, the company is required to report such defects within five days of the discovery. Thomas Built claims that it has complied with regulations and the evolving designs were not related to the eventual recalls. However, to many it seems like the company may have been placing profits before the safety of its passengers.
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