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Motor Coach Industries MCI G4500 Recall

Wheelchair door issues cause recall of the 2001 through 2004 MCI G4500 models.

Manufacturer: MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES, INC
Mfr's Report Date: SEP 01, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V345000
PE09038NHTSA Action Number: PE09038

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 352

Summary: MCI IS RECALLING MODEL YEARS 2001 thru 2004 G4500 MOTOR COACHES EQUIPPED WITH WHEELCHAIR LIFTS. IF THE UPPER WHEELCHAIR DOOR OPENS DUE TO A MALFUNCTION OF THE DOOR'S LATCHES, THERE IS A TELLTALE LIGHT IN THE INSTRUMENT PANEL THAT ILLUMINATES TO ALERT THE DRIVER THAT THE UPPER WHEELCHAIR DOOR IS NOT FULLY LATCHED AND CLOSED, HOWEVER THE DRIVER COULD FAIL TO NOTICE THAT THIS LIGHT IS ILLUMINATED.

Consequence: THIS COULD RESULT IN THE WHEELCHAIR DOOR SLIDING OPEN WITHOUT FURTHER WARNING AND EXPOSE PASSENGERS TO THE RISK OF FALLING FROM THE COACH WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN AUDIBLE ALARM IN THE DRIVER¿S AREA TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL ALERT IN THE EVENT THE DOOR IS NOT FULLY CLOSED AND LATCHED, AND WILL REINFORCE THE UPPER LATCH TO IMPROVE ITS DURABILITY.

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