CMS bus involved in crash may have been recalled

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“That’s good that they got them repaired, but the scary part is 35% of the school buses out there with this issue haven’t been fixed,” said Michael Brooks with the Center for Auto Safety.

By News Staff
May 12, 2022

Channel 9 has been investigating and found records that indicate the school bus involved in Wednesday’s serious crash on Sharon Road West may have been recalled. We ran the VIN number for bus 222 and found the report.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the bus has one open recall for the foam in the seats — it doesn’t meet federal standards.

“The lack of impact absorption increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash,” the recall said.

There were 15 students on the bus when it was hit by a dump truck and 14 of them were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

According to a crash report, the driver of a dump truck fell asleep and crashed into the school bus and another car. The dump truck driver has since been issued a citation for driving left of center.

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