The parent company of Thomas Built, one of the nation's largest school bus builders, is warning that 6,000 of its buses may have defective brake systems, the Associated Press (AP) reported over the Labor Day weekend. The same brake systems also are in some International and Blue Bird brand buses, AP reported.

When the vehicles are moving slowly, typically less than 20 miles per hour, they can temporarily lose their braking ability for up to three seconds, said Debi Nicholson, a spokeswoman for Freightliner Corp., the Portland-based parent company of Thomas Built Buses Inc.


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