Faulty Ricon Wheelchair Lift Leads to Champion Bus Recall
Defective wheelchair lifts in several models of buses are prompting a recall from one manufacturer.
Champion Bus, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2006-2015 Challenger, Defender, Crusader, American, American Coach, American Crusader, Corporal, CTS-FE, CTS-RE, HC American, Platinum Shuttle, and Stacked Rail transit buses. The recalled vehicles are equipped with certain model Ricon S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts. 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.
The manufacturer is recalling 1,240 buses in connection with this defect.
Champion will notify owners, and Ricon 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 December 7, 2015.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Champion customer service at (810) 724-1753 extension 415 and Ricon customer service at (800) 322-2884.