Navistar notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week that it is recalling 154 IC school buses to fix a high-pressure power steering fluid leak in the engine compartment.
Those buses, model year 2011 CE models manufactured from Jan. 19 through Jan. 21 of this year, could experience an engine fire, Navistar said. The affected IC school buses are equipped with International MaxxForce DT engines. In its recall, Navistar stated that the high-pressure power steering hose may have been routed incorrectly, which could cause the hose to chafe on the power steering reservoir bracket. This could cause the leak of fluid into the engine compartment.
Vehicle owners and dealers were expected to be notified beginning on or around June 4 for the free repairs.
Meanwhile, Navistar is also recalling 129 units of 2011 model year IC CE and RE school buses that are equipped with passenger flip seats that could be in noncompliance with FMVSS 222 on school bus passenger seating and crash protection. Navistar said the weld that retains a reinforcement rod inside the seat back frame tube may fail, which could cause the rod to fall out. This could result in injury or death during a crash.
The models in question were manufactured from Feb. 22 through March 16 of this year.
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