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Battery and Switch Failure: Two Recalls Affect School Buses and Trucks

The data was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have reported two recalls affecting Lightning eMotors Inc and Daimler Trucks North America. In the first case, the fault is in the high-voltage battery, while in the second, the alert is due to: loss of power to the drive due to breaker failure.

The first case:

“Lightning eMotors Inc. (Lightning) is recalling certain 2020 FE4-86 and FT3-43, 2019-2021 FE4-129 and 2019-2022 FT3-86 vehicles. Battery packs can have faulty structural welds and experience internal radiator leakage, leading to battery failure”, details the NHTSA.

And they clarify: “The remedy is currently under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a timetable for the recall notification. Owners can contact Lightning customer service at 1-970-744-7241. The Lightning number for this recall is 2023-001.”

Second case, school buses:

“Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Thomas Built Bus SAF-TLINER C2 JOULEY school buses equipped with a low-voltage automatic disconnect switch. The low voltage automatic disconnect switch may fail, resulting in a loss of driving power, power steering, or vehicle lighting.

On how to fix this problem, NHTSA clarifies that it is currently under development. “Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on May 26, 2023. Owners can contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. The DTNA number for this recall is FL-968”, they explain.

Owners of these vehicles can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

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