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Turtle Top Recalling 577 Paratransit Buses With Select Braun Wheelchair Lifts

August 27, 2012

Turtle Top, an Indiana-based manufacturer specializing in fleet vehicles built on Chevrolet, Ford and Freightliner chassis, is recalling 577 2006-2010 model-year transit buses equipped with wheelchair lifts.

The recall covers Turtle Top's Ford Odyssey, Ford Van Terra and Terra Transport transit buses that are equipped with Braun Century-2 or Vista-2 wheelchair lifts, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Over time, the roll stop latches on the outer barrier of the wheelchair lift may become bent or misaligned. This poses a safety risk for wheelchair-using occupants when the lift platform is in an elevated position.

Authorized Braun dealers will make the necessary repairs free of charge. Vehicle owners can reach Turtle Top at 574-831-4340 for more information.

This recall follows another recall for wheelchair lifts earlier this year. Braun recalled a total of 21,412 Braun Century-2 and Vista-2 lifts for the issue with the roll stop latches. The company began the recall on March 30, 2012.

Updated 11:50 a.m. with information about the Braun recall.

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  1. 1. Janet L. Kercher-Dudley [ August 30, 2012 @ 11:32AM ]

    Automotive Fleet is doing the paratransit bus fleet community a disservice in posting this article to only report on Turtle Top buses equipped with recalled Braun Corporation wheelchair lifts. The recall affects a total of 21,412 Braun Corporation wheelchair lifts. There are other bus manufacturers whose lifts are affected by this equipment recall, not just Turtle Top. Turtle Top buses account for 2.7% of the total number of wheelchair lifts under Braun’s equipment recall campaign. A worthier article to the fleet community would be to alert Automotive Fleet readers to announce all the bus and vehicle manufacturers which have a Braun wheelchair lift installed which are affected by the roll stop latch issue besides Turtle Top buses. For more information on the Braun Corporation’s equipment recall see the NHTSA Campaign ID number 12E-002000 (


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