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Repairs ordered on buses that tilt

SOME buses were being repaired for a tilting problem after passengers complained, Shanghai Youth Daily reported, citing Shanghai Bashi Public Transportation Group.

Bashi officials, however, said passengers need not be alarmed as the tilting is within safe margins, according to the report.

The buses run on routes 21, 85 and 780 have an advanced airbag suspension system, the newspaper said after investigating the long-running problem.

A director of a fleet of buses on route 21, surnamed Dai, told the newspaper the tilting problem was due to a design flaw in the suspension system and it was particularly bad after the buses had been in operation for five years.

The buses were manufactured by Shanghai Wanxiang Daewoo and offer a smoother ride compared to those with a spring suspension system, Dai added.

"The tilting is especially noticeable during turns, but it usually levels out on a flat road," Dai was cited as saying. "We require drivers to slow down when the bus tilts. They can also pull over and ask passengers to take a following bus if they feel uncomfortable."

A mechanic surnamed Ji at the fleet's garage said Bashi had complained several times to the manufacturer about the suspension system.

Shanghai Wanxiang Daewoo latter examined the buses and started to adjust its designs.

Bashi will receive a new batch of buses without the suspension flaw next year, according to the report.


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