Blue Bird Car Problem Reports

Latest Blue Bird Problem Reports

2004 Blue Bird Gmcv - 1GTHK23U44F- Fremont, OH: July 14th, 2012
Truck has only 57,000 miles & brake lines look as tho they are ready to break because of excessive rust. I pull horse trailers &brake am concerned about brake safety. After reading about all the complaints about the brake lines, what should i do? Brake pedal went right to floor. Almost crashed!

2005 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKGCKA95F- Pleasant Hill, IA: March 8th, 2012
Voq entered by mhdvd on 8/22/2011 the driver noticed smoke coming from the steering column area of the dash of the school bus which rapidly developed and engulfed the left side of the engine compartment. Cause of fire was undetermined after inspection. Electircal heating was noted at the solenoid but did not appear to be sufficient to act as an ignition source and lack of fuel in the area does not demonstrate a means for a fire to develop.

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKFCKA09F- Hagerstown, MD: January 27th, 2012
Of the six they operate all have failed, with an average mileage of 29,000 and 500 days in service for the first failure. Second failures have occurred on two of the buses: both at about 300 days and 19,000 miles since the previous failure. When the hose fails it is a major leak and the vehicles have had to be towed. All parts have been returned under warranty, so currently there are no parts for us to look at. However he stated that the failure appears to initiate from the inside of the hose therefore making it impossible to catch prior to the failure. Some of these buses are special needs buses. Updated 02/22/12*lj

2004 Blue Bird Mini Bird - 1GNJG31FX21- Skaneateles, NY: September 29th, 2011
Driver was pulling into a bus loading zone when the bus suddenly accelerated and rear ended a stopped school bus in front of it. The parked bus was full size school bus, our bus was a minibus built on a gm chassis. *tt

9999 Blue Bird Blue Bird - 1BAG2B9A65W- Baton Rouge, LA: August 2nd, 2011
Within the fleet of 27 public transit buses all units are showing signs of frame cracks where the steering gear box mounts to the frame. Frame is also cracking (separating) at top of inner structure where front airbags are mounted. Very high risk situation when transporting public passengers.

2004 Blue Bird L4re - 1BAGJBPA04F- Augusta, GA: July 21st, 2011
On our 2004 and 2005 l4re bluebird buses where the steering gear mounts to the frame the frame is cracking around the bolt holes. We have a fleet of 8 and we have found 4 with cracks. *kb

2009 Blue Bird All American - 1BABNBMA99F- Brawley, CA: December 28th, 2010
The contact owns a 2009 blue bird all american school bus. The contact stated that the foam from all of the seats was coming undone from behind the seat. The vehicle was not inspected for the failures or repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 22,250. Updated 04/12/11*lj updated 04/29/11

2010 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKFCPH8AF- Duncan, OK: August 30th, 2010
Vehicles abs light came on while transporting children but eventually went out. We have received 10 busses that all have the same abs set-up and 8 out of the ten have been took to the dealer and had to have new abs modules. Failure mileages range but all modules throw the same dtc's. They have put a service bulletin out to drill holes in the motors to prevent the abs motors from rusting do to their lack of a drain hole. 9 of the school busses are 1 year old and warranty is almost out.

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKBCKA49F- Henderson, NV: June 21st, 2010
Clark county school bus 29429 developed a fuel leak at the #6 injector while in operation. The fuel leak was atomizing fuel in the engine compartment. The bus is a 2009 bluebird vision school bus equipped with a c7 caterpillar engine. The ccsd has had several of these units develop similar leaks. Once the leak was found on the other buses they were sent to the local caterpillar dealer. 29429 has not yet been sent. Injector lines, tubes and injectors have been replaced in the past to correct this condition.

2010 Blue Bird Conventional - 1BAKGCPA7AF- East Millinocket, ME: May 26th, 2010
The contact drives a 2010 bluebird conventional school bus. The contact stated that the exterior rear view mirrors were too large and create a serious blindspot when entering a street at an intersection. He almost collided with another vehicle at 5 mph when pulling from a stop sign because of the blindspot. The current and failure mileages were approximately 16,300.

2010 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKFCPA5AF- Bay Shore, NY: April 12th, 2010
Our bus operator reported that when she was stopping for a traffic signal the brake pedal suddenly went to the floor, she put the emergency brake on to stop the bus. The bus was taken to our maintenance shop, our maintenance supervisor tested the brakes, he also reported that with the bus in reverse he stepped on the brake and it did not apply the brakes, he had to pull the emergency brake. We tried to duplicate the problem again and were not able to. We contacted our blue bird bus dealer and sent the bus to them.

2003 Blue Bird Csfe - 1HVBBAAP43H- Philadelphia, PA: February 18th, 2010
1993 honda accord "under-rode" the rear end of a stopped school bus resulting in injuries to the striking vehicle (honda) front-seated passenger. (vehicle model selected from menu is acknowledged to be an incorrect "filler" because the submitted data provided only limited vehicle body information. The submitted data refers to a "3800-c , 72 occupant" bus. Odi note: "3800 -c " designates an international truck school bus chassis (to which blue bird mounted the school bus chassis) to complete the vehicle assembly.

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKGCPAX9F- Morrisville, VT: January 26th, 2010
High failure rate for heater motor blower cage for schoolbus step well. Blower cage destructs. This happens frequently. This creates a safety defect because the heat is needed to keep steps free of ice and snow. This has happened many times in the last year and parts are not always available due to high demand to replace.

2005 Blue Bird Wanderlodge M450 Lxi - 1BBCRBG815W- Marietta, OH: November 20th, 2009
Petition for the incomplete, unsafe repairs and modification to the 2006 blue bird wanderlodge 450 lxi that are being done in an attempt to remedy the conditions for the nhtsa recall. *nj the consumer experienced other problems with the motor home such as; a fire in the dash, a burnt inverter, unsolved electrical problems, extensive hadley system problems and a slide out problem. The consumer stated the new restrictions blue bird wants to place on its owners with regards to weight in bays traveling with 1/4 water and passengers restrictions is unreasonable. The consumer stated he did not buy a motorhome with restrictions.

2005 Blue Bird Wanderlodge M450 Lxi - 1BBCRBG805W- Thornton, CO: November 9th, 2009
This letter is an official complaint and should be considered a formal petition regarding the incomplete, unsafe repairs and modifications to the 2005 to 2007 blue bird wanderlodge 450 lxi that are being done in an attempt to remedy the conditions of the nhtsa recall. The original recall, 07v586000, indicated that the front axle on the 450 lxi could be overweight. Blue bird stated in substance that its rv was overweight on the front axle without cargo but with the standard 4 passengers and full water (using pre-2008 definition of ccc). The tire safety factor was not an issue in the recall but surfaced with the later complaint. The tie rod weakness was not a cause of the recall but was a result of the need to increase the axle rating. (i. E. It was one of the remedies). The tie rods were safe at an axle load of 16,000 lbs and no tie rod recall would have occurred if the 16,000 lb. Axle was sufficient as originally designed. The recall was based on the axle being in excess of its rating and the motorhome could not be safely used with reasonable loading and designed purpose of the vehicle. In doing the many levels of ¿fixes¿, blue bird has found it necessary to reduce the ¿no cargo¿, weight of the motorhome in order show an apparent decreased front axle load and to show some capacity in the storage compartments. The unloaded weight has been reduced to a non-standard, 2 passengers and 1/4 tank of fresh water. (riva) the new bay weight limit placards are misleading in that they do not reflect the fact that they refer to the total weight in the entire bay area, both right and left sides and in the vertical area above the bay, in the coach. Owners are not aware of this and maintaining these limits is unreasonable. The limits can be easily overloaded, even by pantry items alone. The overloading of the front tires is also a significant safety issue. One of the ¿fixes¿ was to modify the hadley air suspension system so that in drive mode.

9999 Blue Bird Wanderlodge - 1BBCRBG845W- Sarasota, FL: November 4th, 2009
Consumer is not satisfied with the modifications made to their bluebird wanderlodge 450 lxi and would like the investigation reopened. *nj the consumer stated the placement of the generator in an area that was inadequately ventilated and a continued concern that the weight of the vehicle exceeds the manufactures specifications. *jb

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKGCPA59F- West Grove, PA: October 23rd, 2009
The contact owns a 2009 bluebird vision. While examining the vehicle he noticed that the rubber on the floor began to separate from the base. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 8200. Updated 11/10/09 *cn the consumer has other blue bird's that had the same problem. Updated 11/13/09. *jb

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKBCKA29F- Henderson, NV: May 21st, 2009
A 2009 bluebird vision school bus developed a fuel (diesel) leak and caught fire. It fully engulfed the bus burning it to a total loss. One special needs student, a transportation aide, and the driver were on board. All evacuated safely. We recently received 46 of these buses (all configured the same) and we have had 8 incidents of fuel leaks involving 6 of these units, not including the bus which caught fire. Our district has met with bluebird and caterpillar (engine supplier) and looked at the burned unit. We are waiting for their comments from this. We have examined all other similar units for fuel leaks and possible ignition sources. Repairs and corrections have been made as needed.

2006 Blue Bird Wanderlodge M450 Lxi - 1BBCRBG876W- Conneaut Lake , PA: April 24th, 2009
- the contact owns a 2006 blue bird wanderlodge lxi. The contact stated that he was notified march 2008 about recall 07v586000 about axle weight limit. The manufacturer sent someone to replace the front tires and told him to have the vehicle aligned and weighed. He did this and returned the vehicle to the manufacturer's possession. He made several different trips to the manufacturer who finally repaired the vehicle. However, he was still having the same excessive weight issue. Most recently, the manufacturer went out of business. He was never given final weight measurements. The current mileage was approximately 17,000. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000.

2009 Blue Bird Vision - 1BAKDCPA99F- Mcarthur, CA: March 20th, 2009
The contact owns a 2009 blue bird vision school bus. While driving approximately 50 mph with the cruise control activated, the driver observed that whenever the decrease control mode was selected there was an increase in the engine set cruising speed. The decrease selection response failure occurred continuously and without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that there was no defect. The failure mileage was 2934 and current mileage is 7493. Updated 05/08/09. *lj updated 05/11/09. *jb