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21,500 Buses Recalled For Fuel-Tank Checks

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The General Motors Corporation announced last week that it was recalling about 21,500 Chevrolet and gmc school buses from the 1986 through 1989 model years because a small number of the vehicles have developed cracks in their fuel tanks.

Frank Cronin, a gm spokesman, said bus owners were being notified of the recall by mail. The company said in a statement it was unaware "of any accidents or injuries as a result" of the cracks. All inspections and repairs will be performed at no charge to owners.

According to the firm, the school buses--which are B6 and S7 models with gasoline engines--may develop a crack next to a seam weld on the fuel tank, causing a fuel leak. It said the leak would appear as a damp spot on the tank or as slight dripping.

Dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and install cushion mounts on the tank-support brackets on all vehicles, the company said. If any tanks are cracked, they will be replaced.--tm

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