Daimler Trucks North America – Insufficient Interior Joint Strength/FMVSS 221

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling certain 2024-2025 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 and 2024 Thomas Built SAF-T-LINER C2 Jouley school buses. A rear interior joint between the bulkhead and window panel may have been manufactured incorrectly, resulting in insufficient joint strength. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 221, “School Bus Body Joint Strength.”

Report Received Date 12/13/2023
NHTSA ID 23V843000
Consequence Summary A school bus with insufficient joint strength may not adequately protect passengers in the event of a crasheasing the risk of injury.
Corrective Action Dealers will add additional mechanical fasteners to secure the joints, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 4, 2024. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA's number for this recall is FL986.
Recall Code FL986
Potentially Affected 321
Fire Risk When Parked No
Do Not Drive No
Recall Link Go to Recall (https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=23V843000)