Defective Ricon Wheelchair Lifts Prompt Bus Recall from Navistar
Navistar is issuing a pair of recalls for buses with defective wheelchair lifts.
The bus manufacturer is recalling about 4,800 model year 2007-2015 IC BE and CE, 2013-2015 IC AE, 2007-2011 IC FE, and 2007-2014 IC RE school buses. In addition, about 70 IC CE, 2008-2011 IC FE, and 2009-2013 IC RE transit buses are subject to recall. All affected vehicles are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts from 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.
Navistar will notify the purchasers of the lifts, 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 on February 22, 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact Navistar customer service at (800) 448-7825.