R23CU-SB – High Back Seat Restraining Barriers – 2014-2024 Blue Bird All American School Buses

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November 20, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V778000

High Back Seat Restraining Barriers/FMVSS 222

An unsecured seat restraining barrier may not properly restrain an occupant during a crash, increasing their risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V778

Manufacturer Blue Bird Body Company

Components STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected 6,124

 

Summary

Blue Bird Body Company (Blue Bird) is recalling certain 2014-2024 All American school buses equipped with 39″ High Back seat restraining barriers. The bolts securing the restraining barriers to the floor may separate when fully loaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 222, “School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection.”

 

Remedy

Dealers will install a longer bolt with rectangular washer and nut, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 16, 2024. Owners may contact Blue Bird customer service at 1-478-822-2242. Blue Bird’s number for this recall is R23CU-SB. This recall is an expansion of recall number 23V-777.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 


Chronology :

September 27, 2023: Daniel Lind, NHTSA Safety Compliance Engineer, had a conference call with Sumanth Balesh, Director of Product Certification and Compliance. Daniel sent an email providing pictures and videos of the testing.

November 8, 2023: Blue Bird completed internal testing and provided response to NHTSA’s questions.

November 20, 2023: Blue Bird submitted Part 573 document.

 


11 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
BLUE BIRD ALL AMERICAN 2014-2024

 


3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V778-3661.pdf 645.408KB

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Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V778-6121.PDF 214.145KB

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Recall 573 Report – 11/29/2023

RCLRPT-23V778-2789.PDF 214.147KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V778&docType=RCL

 


 

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