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Girardin Minibus Issues Safety Recalls

August 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Girardin Minibus Inc. is issuing a series of recalls to address safety issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

One recall affects certain MY 2002-2008 G5 school and non-school minibuses, manufactured between Dec. 18, 2003 and March 11, 2008, which are equipped with Freedman Friendly and Featherweight two-occupant seats with lower anchorages. 

The lower anchorages fail to comply with federal safety standards for the strength of child restraint anchorage systems. 

A second recall affects certain MY 2006-2009 G5 non-school buses, manufactured between June 1, 2006 and July 2009, which are equipped with Freedman folding seats. The seats were installed with improper bolts. The seats and seat belt assembly anchorages fail to conform to federal safety standards.   

A third recall affects certain MY 2001-2006 MB II non-school buses, manufactured between May 16, 2002 and Dec. 21 2005, which are equipped with Freedman folding seats installed just in front of the wheel housing. The seats installed at this location fail to conform to federal safety standards for seating systems and seat belt assembly anchorages. 

A fourth recall affects certain MY 2007-2009 G5 Cutaway Multipurpose Vehicles built on Ford and GM chassis because they fail to conform to federal safety standards for seating systems and seat belts. 

A fifth recall affects certain MY 2008 G5 and MB II school buses, manufactured between Sept. 1, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2008, which are equipped with Specialty Manufacturing LED light kits. A change to the wire used in the LED light kits may reduce the effective life of the lights used on the stop arms. As a result, the lights may stop functioning without warning. 

Girardin will notify the owners of the affected buses and dealers will make the repairs free of charge.

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