Lion Electric Recalls School Buses for Parking Brake Issue

Lion Electric Company has issued a recall for certain 2024-2025 LionC school buses due to a potential parking brake malfunction. The defect may allow the parking brake lever to be released without pressing the release button, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway and potential crashes. Owners will receive inspection instructions and necessary replacements at no cost.

Key Highlights

  • Recall Number: 24V377000
  • Manufacturer: Lion Electric Company
  • Component: Parking Brake
  • Potential Units Affected: 43

Defect Description

The parking brake levers supplied by Orscheln Product L.L.C. may have a manufacturing defect. This defect allows the lever to be disengaged without pressing the release button. The secondary latch that should hold the lever in place may not engage, increasing the risk of the vehicle moving unintentionally.

Safety Risk

The defective parking brake lever can be accidentally deactivated. Without the parking brake, the vehicle could start to move, potentially leading to a collision.

Remedy

Lion Electric will provide inspection instructions to owners and replace the parking brake levers as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by July 22, 2024. Owners can contact Lion Electric customer service at 1-855-546-6706. The recall number for this issue is R2024-01-009.

Contacts for More Information Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

Recall Report Details

  • Manufacturer Name: Lion Electric Company
  • Submission Date: May 29, 2024
  • NHTSA Recall Number: 24V-377
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: R2024-01-009

Vehicle Information

  • Vehicle Models Affected: 2024-2025 Lion Electric LionC
  • Vehicle Type: Buses, Medium & Heavy Vehicles
  • Production Dates: November 1, 2022 – November 1, 2023

Chronology of Events

  • January 19, 2024: Notification received from Orscheln about the potential non-conformity in parking brake levers.
  • February to March 2024: Inspections conducted on levers in stock and assembled vehicles.
  • April 23, 2024: Confirmation from Orscheln regarding the need for repairs and recall notice.
  • May 28, 2024: Confirmation of the defect and recall approval by Lion Electric’s Safety Committee.

Remedy Program

Owners will be notified and provided with verification procedures to check for defective levers. Lion Electric will cover all repair costs under warranty. Customers who have already paid for repairs may be eligible for reimbursement.

Notification Schedule

  • Dealer Notification Date: July 22-26, 2024
  • Owner Notification Date: July 22-26, 2024

By addressing this issue promptly and efficiently, Lion Electric aims to ensure the safety and reliability of its school buses.

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