Blue Bird, the leading manufacturer of schools buses, announced on April 8 that it was recalling approximately 3,900 schools buses that were manufactured between June 26, 2003 and Dec. 9, 2004.
The buses are being recalled because there is a chance of a fire if the starter cable rubs against the power steering hose.
On the buses that are being recalled, the starter cable and power steering hose are relatively close together and if they rub together a fire could result.
Current owners of the buses are being asked to inspect them to see if there is enough space between the hose and cable or if any damage is evident on the starter cable or power steering hose.
The company will fix the problem by installing a clamp, free of charge, which will separate the hose and the cable.
Blue Bird first found out about the problem in December after customers alerted the company of the issue. The customers found out about the problem during routine inspections of their bus fleets. In January, Blue Bird started its own investigation. In its findings, Blue Bird released that about 5 percent of buses have the problem. Blue Bird will start sending out recall notifications in May 2011.