Recalls Related to Faulty Egress Window Handles Continue
December 10, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued another recall related to faulty egress window handles. The latest recall, for the Nova Bus/Nova LFS is the latest in a string of recalls for vehicles that utilize the handles, manufactured by Panorama City, Calif.-based Ricon Corp. )

The recall affects certain 2010 LFS transit buses manufactured June 10, 2010, through November 11, 2010, and are equipped with flush-mounted windows and Ricon 3-Minute Urban Transit Bus egress window sets. According to information from NHTSA, the composition of the material used to cast the handles is incorrect, resulting in embrittlement of the handle and a reduction in material strength. Due to this, the handles on the emergency egress passenger windows may break before the window latch is released, according to the recall report.

Nova Bus will be notifying owners of the vehicles, and dealers will replace the egress handles free of charge, courtesy of Ricon.
Though the latest recall is only expected to affect approximately 26 vehicles, the various recalls potentially could affect nearly 900 buses.

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