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Brake defects found in 6 Md. school buses

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In a statewide inspection of school buses suspected of having faulty brakes, six buses were found to have frayed wiring that could render anti-lock braking systems ineffective, state education officials reported yesterday.

The wiring problems were found in buses in Anne Arundel, Garrett and Prince George's counties. Repairs were made and the buses put back in service.

The inspections in Maryland's 24 school systems were prompted by alerts issued this week by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems about its anti-lock braking system and air brakes installed on buses made beginning in 1998.

The company indicated that school buses and other vehicles with those braking systems could have trouble stopping for up to four seconds at low speeds. No serious accidents had been reported, according to the company.

Public schools in Maryland own 590 buses equipped with the Bendix system. The braking systems on all 590 buses were inspected, state officials said.

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