CHAMPION CTS-FE 2015: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE

Make : CHAMPION Model : CTS-FE Year : 2015
Build Dates : 2006-01-01 - 2015-08-25
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 15V757000
Date Owner's Notified: 2015-12-21 Date Received by ODI: 2015-11-16 Date Added to Database: 2015-11-16
Manufacturers Involved: Champion Bus, Inc.
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number: 15E-068
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1338
Summary:
      Champion Bus, Inc. "Champion" 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 manufactured January 1, 2006, to August 25, 2015, equipped with certain model 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.
Consequence:
      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.
Remedy:
      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 began on December 21, 2015. Owners may contact Champion customer service at 1-810-724-1753 extension 415, or Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884. Champion's number for this recall is 15E-068. Note: These buses and wheelchair lifts were subject to a similar recall in 2014. All vehicles that received that recall remedy are still affected by this recall as well.
Report Initiator: MFR V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number:
Notes:
      Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 'TTY 1-800-424-9153', or go to www.safercar.gov.