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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.: 4  

POLICY CODE: EEA

 

To:                    All Superintendents of Schools and School Transportation Personnel

From:                Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

Date:                 July 22, 2005

Subject:             School Bus Safety Recalls

            The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently published a revised School Bus Safety Assurance Program Recall Listing: January 1998 through June 2005.   This listing is available on the Internet at the following address: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/. When you reach this address, select School Bus Recalls from the contents list.   Make sure that you reference the 2005 update.

            The Department of Education strongly recommends each school administrative unit carefully review the recall information to determine if any of your vehicles are affected by a recall.   Each district is encouraged to develop and implement a program that would ensure that all outstanding recall remedy work is completed on each school bus in the district’s fleet as soon as possible and prior to the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year.   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.   Contractors who own and/or operate school buses for your district should also be advised of the safety recalls and required to provide documentation to the district confirming 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 to make every effort to ensure that affected buses within their purview are repaired immediately.  

If you have any questions about the Bus Safety Recall Listing, please contact NHTSA’s Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or Harvey Boatman at the Maine Department of Education by e-mail at harvey.boatman@maine.gov or phone at (207) 624-6884.