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From: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
Date: August 1, 2000
Subject: Bus Safety Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently published a revised School Bus Safety Assurance Program Recall Listing: January 1995 through June 2000. This listing is available on the Internet at the following address: www.nhtsa.dot.gov. When you reach this address, select Recalls from the TOPICS list and then select School Bus Recalls.
The Department of Education strongly recommends each district carefully review the information to see if it impacts any of your vehicles. Each district is encouraged to develop and implement a program that would ensure that all out-standing recall remedy work is completed on each school bus within the districts fleet as soon as possible. If the recall issue is imminently hazardous to the continued safe operation of the vehicle, the vehicle should be removed from operation and the recall remedy completed before the vehicle is returned to service. You must advise contractors who own and/or operate school buses for your district of the safety recalls and request documentation from them to assure that all recall work is completed.
School buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States. The continued success of the School Bus Safety Assurance Program is dependent on the willingness of everyone concerned with the transportation of children to review this Recall Listing and make every effort to ensure that buses within their purview are corrected immediately.
If you have any questions about the Bus Safety Recall Listing or if you are unable to access the listing on-line, please contact NHTSA’s Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or Harvey Boatman at the Maine Department of Education by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (207) 287-5321. I have a limited number of copies of the current report available for those who cannot download it. However, in the future, reports of this type will be made available exclusively via the Internet.