SCHOOL BUS CARBON MONOXIDE INTRUSION

The report presents the findings of a voluntary test program conducted by personnel from NHTSA, the EPA, and state or private school bus agencies. The tests were conducted over a ten month period during which school buses were tested for carbon monoxide levels under different climatological conditions. The objective of the test program was to determine whether or not there are any serious CO intrusion problems or indications of potential problems on a small sample of the nation's school buses. The program was not designed to gather data from a statistically significant sample size. 645 tests were conducted in all areas of the United States, under varying test conditions, and using test equipments with different accuracies. Test results showed, based on a recommended level of 20 parts per million (PPM), that 7.2% of the buses tested exceeded this level, and 5.4% of the buses tested had maximum CO readings above 50 PPM. Recommendations included (1) development of advisories for concerned state, local, and private school bus agencies defining necessary maintenance and inspection procedures that will reduce or eliminate the CO intrusion problem, (2) promulgation of a standard defining maximum allowable CO levels for school buses, (3) conduct of additional CO testing under controlled conditions and with an expanded data base.

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  • Pagination: 60 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-705 Tech Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM