Defect in Ricon Wheelchair Lift Results in Emergency Vehicle Recall
An emergency vehicle manufacturer is issuing a recall due to faulty Ricon wheelchair lifts.
Halcore Group, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2006-2013 American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) Ambulance Wheelchair Vans equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts manufactured by Ricon Corporation. The affected lifts are equipped with folding link arms that may have pivot holes that are too big, allowing the bearings to move out of position.
If the bearings move out of position, the stowed platform may have excessive movement resulting in failure of the platform mounting. This failure could cause the wheel chair lift platform to fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened, increasing the risk of injury for the lift operator.
The manufacturer is recalling about 10 vehicles due to the defect.
Halcore will notify the owners, and Ricon dealers will inspect the link arms for damage or for displaced bearings. The platform will be inspected for cracks. Any damaged parts will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2016.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Ricon Customer Service at (800) 322-2884 and AEV customer service at (800) 374-9749.