Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 53,000 Thomas Built school buses across the country because of a safety issue. The buses have production dates between 2014 and 2020.
According to the recall notice, seats on the buses “may not provide sufficient impact absorption in certain specific areas around the steel seat frame of the back support.”
Daimler plans to send out a list of recalled buses with VIN numbers in December.
The specific issue is in the seat padding, which is the kind for safety. Since school buses don’t have seat belts, the padding on the seat frame is critical for safety in the event of an impact. Certain Thomas models don’t have enough padding and are in effect being recalled.
Daimler Trucks said there have not been any injuries related to the padding.
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