Wave of Recalls Continues: Buses Recalled for
August 30, 2010
Bus manufacturer Micro-Bird has issued a recall for several G5
mini-buses, citing an issue with the vehicle's t-slider or panoramic
type push-out windows. According to information provided to the
National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA)
by the manufacturer, the windows fail to comply with Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard 217, which addresses bus emergency exits
and window retention and release.
"The vehicles are equipped with t-slider or panoramic type
push-out windows with 2 release mechanisms (one on each side),"
writes NHTSA in its report about the recall. "The window handle
base spacer plate can tear due to the rotation of the exterior window
In the event of a crash, the emergency exit may "not sufficiently
restrain the occupants or [could] become inoperable," according
According to the report, the vehicles were manufactured between
June 1, 2006, and August 12, 2010, and are known as the Girardin
and Micro Bird by Girardin.
"The design of [the] window's latching mechanism and the design
and the stiffness of [the] window's frame and a potential insufficient
retention of the window to the vehicle structure [causes] too much
bending of the frame," writes Micro-Bird in its August
12 letter notifying NHTSA of the problem.
The company says the potential number of vehicles that might be
affected currently is undetermined, but that 100 percent of the
vehicles are estimated to contain the defect. The windows were manufactured
by Industries Spectal Inc. in Granby, Quebec, according to Micro-Bird,
which is based in Drummondville, Quebec. Micro-Bird officials say
they learned of the problem from Spectal on August 6, and a test
conducted on August 10 confirmed the problem.
The company plans to reimburse owners for the repairs to the windows,
according to the report, but has not yet filed an official plan
for remedy with NHTSA.
This is the latest in a string of recent recalls involving vehicle
windows. In early August, Volvo
Trucks North America announced it would recall several 2009-2010
VN 670 and 780 trucks manufactured from March 1, 2008, through February
6, 2009, for a possible de-bonding issue with the vehicles' rear
sidelites. Just last week, Webasto
Product North America Inc. issued a recall of potentially 292,867
sunroofs sold as aftermarket equipment for a variety of passenger
vehicles, citing a possible adhesive bonding issue between the glass
and metal frame, and Motor
Coach Industries Inc. issued a recall for several of its motor
coaches equipped with SE-GI passenger windows saying that the adhesive
bond between the glass in the windows and the aluminum window frame
on the affected vehicles may degrade over time and the windows may
become partially or completely detached from the vehicle's frame.
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