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Recalls - 1999 AMTRAN FE

What is a recall? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, generally in cooperation with the vehicle manufacturer, issues recalls when a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment (including tires) does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or when there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment. Work dictated by a recall is generally completed at no charge to the vehicle owner, regardless of whether you are the first owner or a subsequent owner. Please contact your service facilities for additional details and to confirm that this recall is relevant to your particular vehicle.

Component Description

SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Recall Number

99V038000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

TRANSIT AND SCHOOL BUSES. SOME REAR BRAKE ASSEMBLIES WERE BUILT USING INCORRECT MOUNTING HARDWARE. IMPROPER TORQUE OF THE FASTENER OR FASTENERS THAT RETAIN THE BRAKES TO THE REAR AXLE COULD ALLOW BRAKE GROUPS TO SEPARATION FROM THE REAR AXLE.

Defect Consequence

SEPARATION OF THE REAR AXLE COULD CAUSE A CRASH.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS/OWNERS WILL INSPECT THE MOUNTING HARDWARE AND REPLACE THE LOCK NUTS IF NECESSARY.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 7, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 1-800-993-7686. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK

Recall Number

00V232101

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUSES BUILT WITH BENDIX AIR ABS WITH AN EC-17 1030R ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT (ECU). THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF UNWANTED ABS ACTIVATION AT LOW SPEEDS CAUSED BY 1) CHAFED ABS WHEEL SPEED SENSOR WIRES ON ROTATING PARTS OR 2) A DAMAGED COMPONENT AT THE WHEEL END THAT GENERATES A CERTAIN TYPE OF ERRATIC SENSOR SIGNAL.

Defect Consequence

THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE ABS ECU TO EXHAUST THE AIR AT THE AIR BRAKE MODULATORS FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE WHEELS. THIS COULD RESULT IN EXTENDED BRAKING DISTANCES AND A POSSIBLE CRASH.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ABS ECU.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT INTERNATINAL AT 1-800-448-7825. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER

Recall Number

99V061000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUSES EQUIPPED WITH FLIP SEATS AT THE EMERGENCY EXITS. THE SEAT CUSHION HINGE ON THE COMBINATION FLIP SEAT IS LOCATED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT IS WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE PASSENGER SITTING IN THE SEAT LOCATED BEHIND THE COMBO FLIP SEAT.

Defect Consequence

THE HINGES ON THE COMBO FLIP SEAT CAN CAUSE A PINCHING CONDITION, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED AND SENT KITS TO REMEDY THESE SEATS.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 1, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 1-800-993-7686. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

STRUCTURE:BODY

Recall Number

99V195000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUS. SOME FORWARD HANDRAILS WITH OUTWARD OPENING ENTRANCE DOORS WERE BUILT WITH THE HAND RAIL MOUNTING TOO CLOSE TO THE ENGINE COVER. CERTAIN CLOTHING ARTICLES SUCH AS DRAW STRINGS CAN BECOME LODGED IN THE FORWARD HANDRAILS AT THE BUS DOORS WHEN A PERSON IS EXITING THE BUS.

Defect Consequence

IF THE DRIVER IS UNAWARE OF THE SITUATION, THE ENTRANCE DOOR MAY BE CLOSED, CAPTURING THE ITEM IN THE DOOR. DEATH OR INJURY CAN OCCUR TO THE PERSON EXITING THE BUS.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO IDENTIFY THE DEFECT AND REPAIR PROCEDURES. IF THE OWNER PREFERS, AN AMTRAN DEALER CAN PERFORM THE REMEDY FOR THEM.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 12, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 1-800-993-7686. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:SUPPLY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Recall Number

99V331000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUS. AN AIR BRAKE LINE CONTROLLING THE REAR BRAKES MAY BE TOO CLOSE TO THE EXHAUST PIPE AND COULD RUPTURE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT WARNING.

Defect Consequence

EXHAUST PIPE HEAT CAN MELT OR CAUSE PREMATURE FAILURE OF THIS AIR LINE IF THE AIR LINE IS ROUTED TOO CLOSE TO THE EXHAUST PIPE.

Defect Corrective Action

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A NEW ELBOW FITTING AND REROUTE THE AIR LINE. THE AIR LINE WILL ALSO BE INSPECTED AND REPLACED IF FOUND TO BE DAMAGED FROM THE EXHAUST PIPE.

Notes

OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 1, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT NAVISTAR AT 1-800-448-7825. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

SEATS

Recall Number

99V252000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUSES EQUIPPED WITH ANCHOR SEATS. SOME OF THE SEATS WERE BUILT WITH A SEAT MOUNTING BOLT THAT FAILED DURING TESTING. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES."

Defect Consequence

IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, PERSONAL INJURY COULD OCCUR.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED ON HOW TO INSPECT TO THE DEFECT AND REPAIR THE DEFECT BY REPLACING ONE BOLT PER SEAT.

Notes

AMTRAN RECALL NO. 99307. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 22, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AM-TRAN AT 1-800-993-7686. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:BLOWER

Recall Number

99V253000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL BUSES. SOME HEATER/DEFROSTER UNITS WERE BUILT WITH THE BLOWER MOTOR WIRED IMPROPERLY. WHEN WIRED IMPROPERLY THE BLOWER MOTOR RUNS BACKWARD AND AIRFLOW FOR HEATING AND DEFROSTING IS VERY LIMITED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 103, "WINDSHIELD DEFROSTING AND DEFOGGING SYSTEMS."

Defect Consequence

DEFROSTING NEEDS MAY NOT BE ACHIEVED AND COULD RESTRICT DRIVER VISIBILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED ON HOW TO INSPECT AND REPAIR THE DEFECT BY SWITCHING THE CONNECTION OF TWO WIRES.

Notes

AMTRAN RECALL NO. 99308. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 22, 1999. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AM-TRAN AT 1-800-993-7686. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

Recall Number

01V057000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SCHOOL AND TRANSIT BUSES. SOME CERTIFICATION LABELS DISPLAYED THE INCORRECT TIRE PRESSURE FOR THE TIRE SPECIFIED TO MEET THE GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING FOR THE FRONT AND/OR REAR AXLES. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 120, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS," AND 49 CFR PART 567, "CERTIFICATION."

Defect Consequence

UNDER OR OVER-INFLATED TIRES CAN CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTE TO PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A SUDDEN BLOWOUT OR OTHER FAILURE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.

Defect Corrective Action

NEW CERTIFICATION LABELS ARE BEING PROVIDED TO OWNERS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 16, 2001. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE CERTIFICATION LABEL WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 1-800-993-7686.

Notes

ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:BLOWER

Recall Number

01V241000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN SCHOOL AND TRANSIT BUSES WERE BUILT WITH A POOR QUALITY HEATER/DEFROSTER BLOWER SWITCH. IN SOME CASES THIS HAS CAUSED THE MELTING OF THE HEATER HARNESS CONNECTOR AT THE SWITCH TERMINALS OR THE HIGH-SPEED WIRE INSULATION AT THE CONNECTOR. ALSO, SOME OF THE UNITS HAD IMPROPER CIRCUIT PROTECTION SIZE INSTALLED IN THE HEATER DEFROSTER CIRCUIT.

Defect Consequence

IF AN OPERATOR DETECTS SMOKE OR THE SMELL OF MELTING WIRE INSULATION FROM THE BLOWER CONTROL PANEL, THE OPERATION OF THE HEATER/DEFROSTER AT HIGH SPEED SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED UNTIL THE REPAIR IS MADE.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS AND PARTS TO REPLACE THE SWITCH AND SWITCH HARNESS WITH A NEW SWITCH, SWITCH HARNESS, RELAY AND RELAY HARNESS. FOR THE RE UNITS BUILT PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1999, THE KIT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A 20-AMPERE MANUAL CIRCUIT BREAKER. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 15, 2001. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 800-843-5615.

Notes

ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION=S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING

Recall Number

01V369000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: CERTAIN BUSES WERE BUILT WITH A WIRING DIAGRAM DECAL THAT SHOWS THE CIRCUIT PROTECTION SIZE OF 30 AMPERES INSTEAD OF 20 AMPERES FOR THE HEATER SUPPLY CIRCUITS.

Defect Consequence

ELECTRICAL COMPONENT FAILURE WITHOUT THE CORRECT PROTECTION IN SOME CASES CAN CAUSE OVERHEATING OF THE COMPONENT AND/OR FIRE.

Defect Corrective Action

OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A STRIP AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS THAT SHOULD BE PLACED OVER THE INCORRECT INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT DECAL. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 21, 2001. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE STRIP AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT AMTRAN AT 1-800-993-7686.

Notes

ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

STRUCTURE:BODY

Recall Number

03V354000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

CE MODEL SCHOOL BUSES WHICH FAIL TO COMPLY TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 221, SCHOOL BUS BODY JOINT STRENGTH. THE ROOF TOP SHEET MAY BE IMPROPERLY LOCATED, REDUCING THE MATERIAL EDGE DISTANCE AT THE RIVET LINE.

Defect Consequence

IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE JOINT STRENGHT COULD FAIL POSSIBILY RESULTING IN INJURIES TO THE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS.

Defect Corrective Action

IC WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND WILL PROVIDE INSPECTION AND REPAIR INSTRUCTION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 25, 2005. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT IC CUSTOMER SERVICE AT (WE DO NOT YET HAVE A TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THIS CAMPAIGN.)

Notes

IC RECALL NO. 03305. ALSO, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

STRUCTURE:BODY

Recall Number

04V010000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

CERTAIN FE MODEL SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 14, 1991, AND MARCH 4, 2003. A GAP BETWEEN THE MODESTY PANEL AND THE WHEEL WELL LOCATED BEHIND THE DRIVER'S SEAT CAN BE CREATED IF THE PANEL IS BENT OUT OF POSITION. UNDER THE PANEL, THE EDGES ARE SHARP AND JAGGED.

Defect Consequence

SHOULD SOMEONE REACH UNDER THE PANEL, THEY COULD CUT THIER HANDS, FINGERS, OR TOES ON THE JAGGED EDGES.

Defect Corrective Action

IC WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPAIR THE PANEL FREE OF CHARGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN JANUARY 20, 2004. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT IC CORPORATION COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-843-5615. CUSTOMERS CAN LOCATE THE NEAREST DEALER BY CALLING 1-800-993-7686.

Notes

ALSO, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


Component Description

SEATS

Recall Number

04V492000

Manufacturer Recall Number

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Number of Vehicles Affected

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured From

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Manufactured To

Not Available (Please See Notes)

Defect Description

CERTAIN FE SCHOOL AND COMMERCIAL BUSES BUILT WITH CE WHITE DRIVER SEATS WITH A PEDESTAL STYLE MOUNT AND MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 10, 1992 THROUGH FEBRUARY 24, 2004. THESE PEDESTALS CAN DEVELOP CRACKS RENDERING THE SEAT UNSTABLE.

Defect Consequence

IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE SEAT COULD SEPARATE FROM THE BASE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.

Defect Corrective Action

IC WILL NOTIFY ITS CUSTOMERS AND REPAIR THE SEAT BY REPLACING THE UPPER PORTION OF THE ASSEMBLY WITH A MORE ROBUST DESIGN. THE RECALL BEGAN JUNE 3, 2005. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT IC COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT AT 1-800-843-5615.

Notes

IC PREDICTS PARTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE SECOND WEEK OF MAY 2005. CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).


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