Thomas Bus Recall for Faulty Parking-Brake Software

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America, Inc. will recall 255 Thomas Built school buses to repair potential faulty parking-brake software in certain buses equipped with the Bendix Intellipark system.

According to the federal National Highway Traffic Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-547, these buses might suffer from a parking-brake switch’s software which might fail to activate the parking brake following application by the driver.

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The report stated, “The driver may not be aware of this condition and fail to ensure that the parking brake had activated before exiting the vehicle which could increase the risk of potential unintended movement of the bus leading to injury.”

Should this situation occur, a “red LED in the switch would flash indicating a fault in the park brake system is detected.”

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Repairs will be performed by Daimler Trucks authorized service facilities. A parameter to the Dash Electronic Control Unit software will be updated.

Dealer and customer notifications are scheduled to begin Sept. 17, 2021.

Mike Geylin
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Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.