Propane fuel infrastructure and engine systems supplier CleanFUEL USA issued a NHTSA recall to fix fuel hose fittings on the Blue Bird Propane Vision school bus, company officials announced today.
The company determined a potential safety-related condition exists with a faulty conical hose fitting. No accidents have been reported associated with this recall.
“It is a paramount concern for the company to uphold the integrity of our engine systems and ensure the safety, performance and longevity of our products,” said Curtis Donaldson, president of CleanFUEL USA, in a statement. “Through consistent quality reviews, we have been very proactive in investigating this issue and in notifying the supplier of the failed components, who acknowledged the issue pertaining to the defective parts. These parts will no longer be used in future models and we are working with Blue Bird closely to identify and notify affected dealers and owners.”
During an independent quality review, CleanFUEL said it found evidence of the hose fitting separating from the fuel line, which could potentially cause a small amount of propane fuel to be released. Several mechanisms are in place to safely stop the fuel flow; however, the cutoff of fuel from these safety mechanisms may result in a vehicle stall.
CleanFUEL is working with Blue Bird to recall 100 percent recall of all Propane Vision school buses manufactured before August 2011. CleanFUEL said itw will replace faulty conical hose fittings with a new crimp hose fitting design at no charge.