Supreme Issues Recall for Shuttle Buses with Defective Ricon Wheelchair Lifts
Faulty wheelchair lifts from Ricon are prompting another recall from a bus manufacturer.
Supreme Corporation is recalling certain model year 2008-2014 Azure Hybrid, Candidate, Senator, Senator HD, Senator II, President, President S2, Sentinel, and Trolley shuttle buses equipped with model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts manufactured 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 mounting. This failure could cause the platform to fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened, increasing the risk of injury for the lift operator.
About 1,750 buses are included in Supreme's announcement.
Supreme 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 March 10, 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact Supreme customer service at (800) 642-4889 and Ricon customer service at (800) 322-2884.