Unreliable Wheelchair Lifts in Diamond Coach Buses Results in Recall
Diamond Coach Corporation is issuing a recall for buses due to malfunctioning wheelchair lifts.
The manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2006-2011 VIP and PT 2000, 2200, 2500, 2800, 3200, and 3201 transit buses equipped with certain Ricon model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, 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 wheelchair lift platform to fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened, increasing the risk of injury for the lift operator.
Diamond is including about 50 buses in this recall.
Diamond will notify owners, and owners 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 Diamond customer service at (620) 795-2191 and Ricon Customer Service at (800) 322-2884.