The New York Times is reporting that Navistar is recalling 15,500 school buses over a fire risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the popular buses were built with a positive alternator cable that could rub against a mounting bracket. Should the cable's insulation be compromised, the electrical system could malfunction, potentially resulting in a fire. The recall covers 2007-2012 model-year buses, including the BE and CE series. The report says that Navistar itself filed the recall and that so far, no fires have been reported from vehicles in the field.

Navistar is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and manufacturers a number of heavy-duty vehicles for everything from construction and farm use to people and cargo conveyance. The BE and CE series buses are built by subsidiary IC Bus.


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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a quick and simple fix. Either reroute the cable or cover it with some metal conduit. Either that or Navistar could declare bankruptcy, get a government loan, quickly reorganize themselves, and then claim that the new company is not responsible for what happened at the old company.
      Daniel Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Responsible company, recalling the buses before there is a problem
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Daniel Wright
        Yeah, it's weird that quality control is more strict when it comes to school buses. Yes, yes, I know why they're strict. But why can't quality control be this strict with other manufacturers?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually Navistar has very little to do with The Big 3 other than Navistar used to build Ford's Powerstroke turbo diesel engines. Ford split up with them because they wanted to save money by not outsourcing a manufacturer to build the engines.
      SirMikan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Navistar is based in Warrenville, IL. Their main Truck Engineering center is located in Ft. Wayne.
      Speed3cam
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was an engine fire on one of these just the other day, fairly new Navistar. First day of school. I haven't yet seen a followup news story as to the cause...
        SirMikan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Speed3cam
        Heard that one was a Blue Bird, not an IC Bus/Navistar product.
      • 3 Years Ago
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