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Saf-T-Liner® C2 Customers Are Replacing Fewer Roof Hatches. Here’s why.

By Tom Schaaf
Vice President & General Manager

Over the past several years, we’ve noticed an interesting trend:
Saf-T-Liner C2 customers are replacing fewer roof hatches compared to other buses. We used to ship several hundred replacement roof hatches each month to customers. This is no longer the case.

The obvious advantage for customers is lower replacement parts costs and less headache. But it raises an interesting question: Why does the roof hatch on a Saf-T-Liner C2 last longer than those on other buses? The answer to that question may surprise you.
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Saf-T-Liner® C2 Lift Door: Safer by Design

By Tom Schaaf
Vice President & General Manager

The American school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. Many safety features have been added over the years that were not there “in the good ol’ days!” Options such as push out emergency windows, large wheelchair lifts, and roof escape hatches are now common place.

If you’ve ever been on one of my Thomas Built Buses plant tours, you understand why the Saf-T-Liner® C2 is stronger and safer than other buses. The lift door design is one such feature that makes the Saf-T-Liner® C2 stronger and safer. Here’s why:

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MOR-Vision Integrated Mirror/Monitor Backup Camera System

Now Available From Thomas Built Buses

Since May 1, 2018, new passenger cars and trucks below 10,000 GVWR are now required to have a backup camera system. Now this popular safety option is available from Thomas Built Buses. The MOR-Vision mirror/monitor system from Rosco helps to confirm safe reverse operations with the simple replacement of the OEM bus mirror. Many North Carolina schools are already using the MOR-Vision system and drivers love it. 

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Electronic Stability Control makes Saf-T-Liner® C2 even safer

We are pleased to introduce one more reason to choose Thomas Built Buses and Carolina Thomas. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now standard and factory installed on all new Saf-T-Liner C2 diesel and CNG school and activity buses.

ESC systems have been required by law for all passenger vehicles in the U.S. since 2012, and for air brake-equipped commercial vehicles exceeding 33,000 GVW – heavy trucks and large buses – since August 2017. As a result of several recent school bus crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now recommend that manufacturers install electronic stability controls on all buses. Why is electronic stability control important and what exactly does it do? (more…)

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