Potential for Cracks in Wheelchair Lifts Prompts Recall of Vans
Certain model year Ford E-250, E-350, and Transit vans are included in the recall
New England Wheels and National Van Builders have issued recalls on two model year 2006-2014 Ford E-250, E-350, and 2015 Ford Transit vans equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts by Ricon.
The platform side plate of the affected wheelchair lifts may crack. Additionally, the 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 platform side plates crack or the platform mounting fails from out-of-position bearings, the lift platform can separate from the lift and come to rest against the vehicle's lift door. When the vehicle's doors are opened, the platform may fall onto the lift operator, increasing their risk of injury.
New England and National Van will notify 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 recalls are expected to begin in June 2016.
For more information, owners may contact either National Van customer service at (800) 527-7477 or New England customer service at (800) 866-9247.