Gold Coast Transit is temporarily replacing its buses' triple bike racks, which are being recalled, with its previous double racks, the Oxnard company said Monday.
Gold Coast received the safety recall notice last week, General Manager Steve Brown said.
Manufacturer Sportworks said some of its triple racks have developed cracks in the frames that could cause them to fall off buses in traffic, Brown said.
Gold Coast has inspected the racks on its 54 fixed-route buses and found no problems, Brown said. But the company is removing them anyway at Sportworks' recommendation. They will temporarily be replaced with Gold Coast's old double racks.
The triple racks were installed this year.
Gold Coast expects to receive replacement triple racks with improved frames from Sportworks in the next several weeks, Brown said. They will be installed as soon as possible and replace the double racks, he said.
"We want to make sure the inconvenience to our bike riders is as short-lived as possible," Brown said. "Our riders have been very pleased with the increase in our capacity to carry bikes."
Gold Coast is the county's largest public bus agency, serving Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura and bordering unincorporated areas. It carries more than 3.5 million passengers a year.
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