Motor Coach Manufacturer Recalls Vehicles for Improper Glass Markings
April 18, 2011

Setra of North America, which is based in Greensboro, N.C., has recalled approximately 268 motor coaches for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, “Glazing Materials.” According to information from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles are equipped with partition glass that “does not have the necessary DOT markings as specified and was not marked correctly.”

The defect was reported to NHTSA by Setra on April 6, and includes the company’s Model S1417 and S417TC manufactured between June 2002 and September 2010. (The specific list of VIN numbers included is available here.) While Setra reported the recall, the motor coaches were actually manufactured by EvoBus GmbH, which manufactured the vehicles—and supplied them to importer Setra. The glass included in the recall, which is partition glass that is located behind the driver’s seat, was manufactured by AGC Glass Europe, which is based in France.

“The partition glass meets all other Part 571.205 requirements, but was not marked correctly by the glass manufacturer,” writes Bill Nicolle, product safety and compliance officer for Daimler Buses North America in his April 6 letter to NHTSA notifying the agency of the defect. According to the letter, Daimler Buses is handling direct contact with customers—and Setra’s field representatives are contacting customers to arrange glass replacement.

Company officials say its dealers will replace the partition glass free of charge, and, while some customers have already been notified, approximately 171 remain—and these will be notified in May 2011, according to NHTSA.

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