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
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