Make : THOR Model : CHALLENGER Year : 2017
Build Dates : 2017-04-29 - 2018-10-31
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 18V798000
Date Owner's Notified: 2018-12-19 Date Received by ODI: 2018-11-12 Date Added to Database: 2018-11-15
Manufacturers Involved: Champion Bus, Inc.
Manufacturer's Responsible for the Recall:
Manufacturer Campaign Number:
Component: SEATS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 76
      Champion Bus, Inc. "Champion" is recalling certain 2017-2018 Champion Challenger, Defender, LF Transport, Goshen G-Force, and Impulse transit buses, equipped with Freedman GO-ES Foldaway Seats, part numbers 43705, 45467, 48923, and 75719. When the back seat cushion is rotated from the stowed position to the upright position, the seat cushion may not remain locked into place when under load, such as in a crash or a sudden stop. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard "FMVSS" number 207, "Seating Systems," and number 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."
      In the event of a crash, if the seat back moves, the seat occupant has an increased risk of injury.
      Champion will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the foldaway seat, free of charge. The recall began December 19, 2018. Owners may contact Champion customer service at 1-810-724-1753, extension 415 or Freedman customer service at 1-800-527-7477.
Report Initiator: MFR V Report
Regulation Part Number: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number: 207
      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