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Recalls

NHTSA Recall ID Number :

22T021

Synopsis :

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation (BATO) is recalling certain Firestone Destination LE2 tires, size P265/65R17 110S (DOT date codes 2522 through 2622) Bridgestone Alenza Sport A/S tires, size 235/55R20 102V (DOT date codes 2422 through 2722) and Bridgestone Turanza EL440 tires, size 235/50R18 97V (DOT date codes 2521 through 2621). The tires may have sustained cuts and tears during the sorting process, which can result in tire damage. Damaged tires can lead to a sudden loss of air pressure and loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the tires, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed between December 19, 2022 and January 2, 2023. Owners may contact BATO's customer service at 1-800-847-3272.

NHTSA Recall ID Number :

22T020

Synopsis :

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America, Inc (YOHTA) is recalling certain Alliance High Speed Rib Implement Tire 12.5L-15 FI, 11L-15FI, Primex Highway R-550 Steer and Trailer 11-22.5, Alliance 317 Implement 10.5-20 IMP, and Alliance Stubble Proof 319 SPH 11L-15FI tires. The date code portion of the Tire Identification Number (TIN) states the incorrect manufacture date on the sidewall of the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, "New Pneumatic Tires, Other than Passenger Cars." The incorrect date code hinders drivers from accurately identifying the age of the tire and makes it difficult to determine if the tire is affected by a safety recall, which can increase the risk of a crash. YOHTA will replace the affected tires, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 09, 2022. Owners may contact YOHTA's customer service at 1-800-343-3276.

 

NHTSA Recall ID Number :

22T013

Synopsis :

Zhaoqing Junhong Co., Ltd. (Zhaoquing) is recalling certain Antares Comfort A5 tires, size LT265/75R16 10PR 123/120S. The belt may separate from the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 139, "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." Belt separation may lead to loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy is currently under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Zhaoqing's customer service at 1-758-363-7668.

 

Check for Recalls. Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). In seconds, you'll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.

21T003 - Cooper Tire and Rubber Company

21T002 - Cooper Tire and Rubber Company

 

Consumer Advisory: Warning to Harbor Freight Jack Stand Users

Annual Inspection Guide - School Transportation Technician 

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) School Transportation Unit has promulgated this resource guide to assist public school districts as well as Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) with developing policies and procedures for the safe transportation of students. These guidelines provide manufacturer recommendations, industry standards and best practices which are consistent with the Colorado Minimum Standards Governing School Transportation Vehicles, 1 CCR 301-25 and the Colorado Rules for the Operation, Maintenance and Inspection of School Transportation Vehicles 1 CCR 301-26. This publication is intended to serve as a transportation provider resource toward compliance with legislation and regulations. Link to Guide.

Annual Inspector and Bus Dealer Map

The linked Map and Contact Information for Annual Inspectors, Annual Inspector Hands on Testers, Outside Inspection Sites and new and used Bus Dealers, has been designed to provide district transportation operations an easy way to obtain assistance near their location. The map will simplify the process of locating a district, person, or site needed for certification, annual inspection or other assistance that they may need pertaining to annual inspections or bus purchasing. To access the map select the hyperlink above.

Any input that districts may provide to improve the accuracy of this map would be greatly appreciated. Information can be sent to Megan Richardson at Richardson_M@cde.state.co.us 

Annual Inspector Qualification and Re-Certification Tests 

These updated tests are based on the COLORADO RULES FOR THE OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, 1 CCR 301-26 effective December 15, 2021 and COLORADO MINIMUM STANDARDS GOVERNING SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES, 1 CCR 301-25 effective April 30,2015.  The current tests are 2020-Q (100 questions) for certification and 2020-R (50 questions) for recertification. 

Certified Bus/Chassis Manufacturers

Multi-Year List of Certified Models

Rules Governing Authorized Service Vehicles on Public Streets, Highways, and Roadways 2 CCR 601-20

Alternative Fuels Grant and Rebate Information

 

 

Alt Fuel Websites

Additional Informational Web links

Live Technician Training Opportunities

Thomas Training! https://thomasbuiltbuses.com/bus-news-and-events/events/thomas-built-institute/

Webinars

TBA

Online Technician Training Opportunities

MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society) offers training for the Heavy Duty Industry on their website.  If you are looking for the "MACS Section 609 Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery Certification Program" please see the link. https://www.macsw.org/web/MACS/Certification/Section_609_Certifcation.aspx?WebsiteKey=d89ff0bc-ce9d-41d9-a243-d885ad993b37 

Allison Transmission: http://www.allisontransmissionpublications.com/

Baldwin Filters: http://www.baldwinfilter.com/resourcestrainingonlinetraining.html (Right side of page, 5 topics online)

Bendix: www.brake-school.com Brake School with certificate online

KitMasters:www.kitmastersuniversity.com

MEI: http://www.techairconnect.com/ password: connect

Stemco: https://stemco-u.com/

Webb Wheel: http://www.webbwheel.com/aftermarket/training_toolbox.html (Take certification tests on-line and get free prizes (if you wish) along with your completion certificate)