Collins Recalls Buses Due to Defective Wheelchair Lifts
Ricon model wheelchair lifts are prompting another recall from an auto manufacturer.
Collins Bus Corporation is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Collins and Mid Bus DE416WR, DH416WR, and DH516WR school buses. These buses are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts by Ricon. The affected lifts are equipped with folding link arms that may have pivot holes that are too big, allowing the bearings to move out of position.
If the bearings move out of position, the stowed platform may have excessive movement resulting in failure of the platform mounting. This failure could cause the wheel chair lift platform to fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened, increasing the risk of injury for the lift operator.
Collins believes that about 2,500 buses are affected by the malfunctioning lifts.
Collins will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the link arms for damage or for displaced bearings. The platform will be inspected for cracks. Any damaged parts will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Collins customer service at (800) 533-1850 and Ricon customer service at (800) 322-2884.