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Thomas Built Bus Recalled

• Freightliner Corporation/Thomas Built Buses, Inc.

• Number Involved: 57

• Dates of Manufacture: November 1996 - November 2001

• Noncompliance: Certain school buses fail to conform to the requirements of FMVSS No. 217, "Bus Emergency Exits and Window Retention and Release." A third roof hatch must be added to meet the standard requirements. Only vehicles located in the state of Washington are involved.

Remedy: Dealers will install a third roof hatch. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin during January 2002. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Thomas Built at 1-336-889-4871.

• (NHTSA Recall No. 01V378)