Unsafe Driver Seats from Recaro Lead to Two Bus Recalls
Faulty driver seats from Recaro have prompted recalls from two bus manufacturers.
Eldorado National-California is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 Axess and EZRM, 2011-2015 XHF, and 2014-2016 Arrivo vehicles, while Champion Bus is recalling certain model year 2009-2015 Crusader, Stacked Rail, and CTS RE vehicles. Both recalls apply to vehicles equipped with Recaro Ergo-M Commercial Bus Driver Seats. The affected seats have J-Brackets that may be missing welds, which could allow the seatbelt anchorage assembly to separate from the J-Bracket.
If the seatbelt anchorage assembly separates from the J-Bracket, the bus driver may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
Eldorado is recalling almost 900 vehicles, while Champion's announcement applies to just eight buses.
Eldorado and Champion will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seats to determine if welds are missing. Any J-Bracket that is missing welds will be removed and replaced, free of charge. The manufacturers have not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners with questions about the recalls can contact Eldorado at (909) 591-9557, Champion at (810) 724-6474, and Johnson Controls (manufacturer of Recaro seats) at (248) 484-3203.