Navistar recalled nearly 8,000 International school buses and 150 LT heavy-duty trucks to correct window and brake defects.
The Lisle, Ill.-based truck maker is recalling nearly 7,900 2018-2019 IC Bus CE and 2019 IC Bus RE school buses because of problems with its emergency release handle, which may not open easily in the event of “a motor vehicle accident or vehicle fire,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The buses were built between Oct. 18, 2017, and Jan. 18, 2018.
Dealers will apply dry lubricant to the latch assembly if a problem is found.
The recall is expected to start on July 13.
Navistar is also recalling approximately 150 2019 International LT trucks. The brake drum with slack adjusters, which regulate the distance that the air brake has to travel to apply friction to the wheel, may drag against the brakes causing the drums to overheat. This can cause the brake drum to crack. If this happens, the brake drum can separate from the vehicle and could hit another vehicle resulting in a crash.
The International LT trucks were built between Jan. 8 and April 21.
Navistar began notifying customers on May 23.
Dealers will replace the brake drum, brake shoe lining and slack adjusters if a problem is found.