Wheelchair ramp defect promts Goshen to recall 2,800 buses

Posted on May 10, 2012

In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Goshen Coach has issued a recall for more than 2,800 transit buses due to a wheelchair lift platform defect that might cause passenger injuries. Transit buses affected by this recall are model year 2007 and 2011 Goshen GC II, G-Force, GCII Connection, Pacer, Pacer LTD, Pacer LS, and Sentinel buses equipped with Vista-2 and Braun Century-2 wheelchair lifts. These wheelchair lifts may have been improperly manufactured, leading to an unexpectedly low durability. With frequent use, the wheelchair lift platform’s outer barrier roll stop latch may become misshapen or dented causing it to fail. If the roll stop latch is defeated, a wheelchair bound passenger being lifted may roll off, leading to a fall risk, especially if the wheelchair ramp is elevated when the roll stop latch fails. Goshen will begin notifying owners of affected transit buses shortly. Vehicles equipped with these wheelchair lift platforms can be returned to authorized Braun dealerships, where the potentially defective components will be repaired for free. Consumers in search of more information about this recall can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline and reference 12V199000.

As a car accident attorney in Bakersfield, I hope that this safety recall is completed quickly to reduce the risk that anyone will be injured by this potential defect. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a defective vehicle, please consider contacting a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer.

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