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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 5, 2018

ODI to investigate potential sale, delivery of non-compliant school bus

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened an Audit Query to investigate the sale of a school bus that was not compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, in violation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (NHTSA ODI Investigation, No. AQ18-006, December 1, 2018).

NHTSA’s Office of Chief Counsel received a report from a private attorney representing the estate of a child who was a passenger in a 15-passenger van and who died in a crash allegedly occurring when the van was being used by a school district for student transportation. The attorney provided the agency with a bill of sale and accompanying documentation indicating that the van was sold in August of 2015 by Wiesner Chevrolet of Huntsville, Texas, to the Trinity County Texas Independent School District. Sale of a vehicle that does not comply with the FMVSS applicable to school buses when that vehicle is likely to be used significantly to transport pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students to or from school or an event related to school constitutes a violation of Section 30112 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

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