Feb 4, 2013 1:37 PM by Associated Press
YUCAIPA, Calif. - The company linked to a tour bus involved in a deadly crash in Southern California failed more than a third of federal vehicle safety inspections in the last two years.
U.S. government records show that buses operated by the firm Scapadas Magicas of National City, Calif., flunked 36 percent of random inspections on their vehicles- in some cases for brake and tire problems.
That's higher than the national average for similar companies - a 21 percent failure rate.
The California company had an overall "satisfactory" rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - but records show three-quarters of similar companies had better safety records.
Lettering on the 1996 bus indicates it was operated by Scapadas Magicas.
At least eight people were killed in Sunday night's crash.