11.14.02.17

.17 Doors, Handles and Latches.

A. Inspection of doors, handles, latches, and hinges applies to all vehicles originally manufactured with doors and all other vehicles which are equipped with doors.

Procedures: Reject Vehicle If:
(1) Inspect all doors, latches, hinges, and handles for broken or missing parts, proper operation, and improper adjustment. Electric push button, or ring and cable means of opening the door are acceptable provided they are readily accessible. (1) Doors or door parts are missing, broken, or sagging so that the door cannot be tightly closed.
  (2) Latch or handles not original equipment or equivalent.
  (3) Door handles and latches do not provide a means of readily opening door.
  (4) Secondary or safety catch does not function properly.

B. Doors—Service, Emergency (applicable to school vehicles only). Service doors may be split-type, sedan-type, or jackknife-type with vertical closing edges covered with flexible material.

Procedures: Reject Vehicle If:
(1) Service Door.
  (a) From driver's position, inspect function of opening and closing operation.
  (b) If door is equipped with a lock, determine if engine will start with door locked; check operation of audiovisual alarm with door locked.
  (c) Inspect condition of flexible material on vertical closing edges (when applicable).
(1) Service Door.
  (a) Power or manual opening and closing device shows evidence of binding, jamming, excessive wear, or malfunction.
  (b) Door is equipped with a lock and engine starts with door locked or audiovisual alarm fails to function with door locked and ignition switch on.
  (c) Flexible material is loose, torn, or missing (when applicable).
(2) Emergency Door.
  (a) Inspect for clear passageway to door.
  (b) Inspect inside and outside quick release mechanism.
  (c) Check length of stroke on slide bar or cam operated lock.
  (d) Check function of buzzer indicating door is not fully closed.
  (e) Inspect emergency door red identification light (if equipped).
  (f) Inspect emergency door gaskets.
(2) Emergency Door.
  (a) Passageway to emergency door is blocked or restricted in any way, to less than 12 inches width.
  (b) Door release mechanism fails to release when activated from inside and outside of the bus or if it opens without activating a release.
  (c) Latch will not hold the door tightly closed.
  (d) Slide bar has less than 1 inch stroke length.
  (e) Buzzer fails to function in driver's compartment and indicate to the seated driver when the engine is running a distinctive audible signal when slide bar is moved.
  (f) Red identification light, if equipped, fails to function when the headlamps or parking lamps are activated.
  (g) Gaskets are torn, loose, or missing.