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Because of the sensitive nature of our industry, recalls in the school bus business are a regular event. All manufacturers err on the side of safety; therefore school bus owners receive many notices of recall advisories. In all cases, if safety is an issue, buses are taken off the road.
The normal flow of notification is as follows:
Manufacturers notify NHTSA
Manufacturers notify dealer network and owners directly
Manufacturers also notify state agencies responsible for school buses
In Ohio, school bus design and inspection is under the authority of the Ohio State Patrol. When they receive notifications, they notify the Department of Education, who in turn passes the information on to school districts. This information flow is actually a duplication of the same notification that bus owners receive from the manufacturer.
In all cases, the manufacturer is the best source of information.
NHTSA maintains an online database of all current recall campaigns. These can be viewed at the following website: www.safecar.gov
You can request to be notified if there is a safety recall regarding Vehicles from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation. Sign up to receive e-mail recall notifications for: School Buses