Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Glaval Universal, Primetime, Sport, Titan, Titan II, Entourage, Legacy transit buses manufactured January 1, 2006, to April 29, 2016, 2015-2016 Elkhart ECE3, ECE4, ECG4 transit buses manufactured October 24, 2014, to September 9, 2015, and 2006-2016 Starcraft Bus Allstar, Allstar XL, Starlite, Quest, Quest XL, and StarTrans Senator II, Senator II HD, and PS/2 vehicles manufactured January 1, 2006, to April 29, 2016. These vehicles are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts by Ricon. The platform side plate of the affected wheelchair lifts may crack. Additionally, the 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 platform side plates crack or the platform mounting fails from out-of-position bearings, the lift platform can separate from the lift and come to rest against the vehicle's lift door. When the vehicle's doors are opened, the platform may fall onto the lift operator, increasing their risk of injury.
Forest River will notify owners, and Ricon 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 began on July 7, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River's customer service at 1-800-348-7440, or Ricon customer service at 1-818-267-3000. Forest River's number for this recall is 51-05132016-0197.
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.