More than 50K school buses recalled

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Some of the vehicles that take your kids to and from school every day are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA said the bus seat backs may be lacking in sufficient impact absorption, which could increase the risk for injury if a crash occurred.

The recall affects 53,528 2014 through 2020 Thomas Built bus models:

  • Minotour
  • Saf-T-Liner C2
  • Safe-T-Liner HDX

All of the buses have SynTec S3B or S3C seats.

The manufacturer is notifying owners and dealers to remedy the error. The recall is expected to begin December 2, 2019.

Anyone with questions can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to

What we found

WTHR looked into what school districts in the area are using these buses.

Hamilton Southeastern - They have about 15 buses that fall under the recall. The district stopped purchasing those seats in 2011 when they saw the issue occurring. Zach McKinney, the director of transportation, tells Eyewitness News they now purchase a seat made by IMMI out of Westfield, Indiana.

Avon - Would check and let us know. We have not heard back.

Zionsville - Left a message and have not heard back.

Beech Grove - Left a message and have not heard back.

Monroe - Left a message and have not heard back.

Muncie - No one available for comment until Tuesday.

Indianapolis Public Schools - We are waiting on a response.

Carmel Clay - They use Thomas Built buses but not the affected models.

Brownsburg - Left a message and have not heard back.

Greenfield - Does not use Thomas Built buses.

Noblesville - Left a message and have not heard back.

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