St. Johns County school buses not affected by recall

By Ashley Mitchem, Morning traffic, news reporter, amitchem@wjxt.com
Published On: Jul 08 2014 01:56:43 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2014 01:59:05 PM EDT
School buses
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

The St. Johns County School District received good news Tuesday. It was facing a recall of some of its school buses but found out from the Department of Education it is in the clear.

Blue Bird is recalling about 2,500 school buses and some transit buses because of a problem that could make steering difficult. It's also is recalling a smaller number of buses that might be prone to a propane fuel leak.

The bus manufacturer said steering problems could develop on some school buses made between 2011 and May 2013 if a part on the steering shaft comes into contact with a rubber part on the floor of the bus. The company said that could make it harder to steer and possibly cause an accident.

The transportation director for St. Johns County schools said the district had to look into the recall because it has 43 Blue Bird school buses in its fleet, but all were manufactured in 2010 or earlier.

Blue Bird has been monitoring the issue since last September, when it received its first report of the steering problem.

So far, the company has no reports of any accidents linked to the recall.

Officials in Duval, Baker, Clay and Nassau counties school districts said none of their buses are affected by the recall.

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