Volvo motor coaches recalled due to insufficient emergency exits

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Prevost Car Incorporated, in cooperation with a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has issued a voluntary recall for 27 of its Volvo 9700 Motor Coaches from model years 2009 to 2013. This recall has been announced due to an insufficient number of emergency exit windows. The motor coaches affected by this recall do not offer passengers enough emergency exit windows to comply with federal safety guidelines regulating the standards for bus emergency exits and window retention and release. If one of the motor coaches affected by this recall were involved in an emergency situation requiring passengers to make a quick exit, the safety of some passengers may be endangered by a delay in evacuation procedures caused by a less than sufficient number of emergency exit windows. If the passenger is unable to exit the vehicle in a timely manner, the risk of sustaining personal injury is increased. Prevost Car Incorporated has announced a plan to inform the owners of affected vehicles of the potential safety hazard posed by the motor coaches non-compliant safety feature design. Consumers in possession of the affected motor coaches may return them to an authorized dealership where an additional emergency exit will be installed at no additional charge in order to make the bus compliant with federally mandated safety standards. More information on this recall can be obtained by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference campaign identification number 12V205000.