Daimler recalls school buses over insufficient passenger protection

Portland, OR – October 8, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA), is recalling 7,601 school buses over front seat barriers that may not provide the required protection to passengers. This increases the risk of injury in a collision. 

This Daimler recall includes the 2011 – 2021 DTNA Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses.

Recall summary

The HDX school buses are built with wall-mounted barriers in front of the first seats, which prevent passengers from being thrown from their seats in the event of a crash. In the subject vehicles, the barriers did not pass crash testing due to the change in materials that were used.

The components in question are the wall mounted barriers, with part numbers 159527, 159528 and 159529.

Recall risks

Occupants may collide with the front seat barriers and get injured.

Other recent Daimler recalls

In late September, Daimler, which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, recalled 161,000 vehicles over trim bars that may detach when the car is in motion.

Earlier in September, more than 4,000 Daimler trucks were recalled over a road hazard caused by part of the hood flying away while driving.

In June, nearly 6,500 heavy trucks were recalled over a risk of steering loss, increasing the risk of injury and a crash.


Daimler has yet to confirm the steps to be taken to address these forward seat barrier issues. Owners were to be notified about the repair program by October 4, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 7,000 vehicles are included in this DTNA school bus recall. To perform a DTNA recall check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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