September 30, 2002
Dear Blue Bird Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and
Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Blue Bird Body Company has determined that a defect which relates to motor vehicle
safety exist in certain 1998 model year Blue Bird TC/2000 front engine school and transit
buses equipped with Cummins ISB engines. Blue Bird is conducting a recall to correct
The defect involves the routing of the power cable from the alternator to the starter. The
alternator power cables may not have been routed properly on subject buses. Improper
routing of the alternator power cables could result in the cable abrading against the motor
Blue Bird Body Company’s evaluation of the risk to motor vehicle safety reasonably
related to this defect is the potential for fire hazard in the event a short to ground occurs
in the alternator power cable.
Your Blue Bird bus(es) affected by recall R02GK are identified by body serial number(s)
on the enclosed reply sheets. Your buses should be inspected immediately for proper
battery cable routing.
If you no longer own the subject bus(es), please complete the appropriate section of the
yellow reply sheet and return to Blue Bird in the enclosed pink postage prepaid envelope.
You may perform this modification yourself or have the work done by a qualified repair
facility convenient to you. You may contact your Blue Bird distributor for assistance.
Parts will be shipped "No Charge" via UPS.
Upon completion of the recall, the owner should complete and return the pink reply sheet
in the postage prepaid envelope provided. The owner may request reimbursement of
labor costs by completing the appropriate section of the pink reply sheet. If repair is
performed by other than the owner or a Blue Bird distributor, attach a copy of the paid
work order/invoice to the reply sheet. Time required to perform recall R02GK is 2.5
hours per bus.
Important: Your prompt return of the pink reimbursement sheet, complete with th