Daimler Trucks Recalls Thomas Built Buses; Corrosion Could Cause Windshield Wiper Malfunction
September 13, 2010

Daimler Trucks North America has issued a recall for several of its Thomas Built Buses, model MVP-EF for the model years 2009 through 2011. In the recall, reported to the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) on September 1, the company points out that the vehicle's "Megafuse junction box" is located in an area exposed to excessive road splash and that, in some cases, "the cable connections may corrode rapidly" and may result in an unexpected loss of the windshield wiper function.

The company says that the vehicles impacted were manufactured between September 12, 2008, and July 16, 2010, and, in addition to the possible windshield wiper malfunction, the issue could cause an unexpected engine shutdown and/or loss of the vehicle's lighting. Approximately 1,117 school buses could be impacted, while 56 non-school buses from the same model line could be affected by the recall. Approximately 85 percent of the vehicles in the line are expected to be impacted, according to the information report Daimler filed with NHTSA.

Daimler first received a report of the problem in February 2010 and is still working to develop a remedy. Until this is developed, customers are advised to monitor the corrosion level on the Megafuse junction block, according to the report, and, if excessive corrosion exists, to contact the company.

Company officials are in the process of developing a notification schedule for alerting owners and Thomas Built will repair the vehicles as needed.

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