Recalled Wheelchair Lifts from Ricon May Crack, Pose Impact Hazard
The Ricon Corporation is recalling wheelchair lifts due to concerns over stability.
The recall from the company applies to certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, and S5510 wheelchair lifts. 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.
About 5,000 wheelchair lifts are potentially affected.
Ricon will notify the purchasers of the lifts, and their dealers will inspect the side plates for damage and 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 April 11, 2016.
Owners with questions about this recall can contact Ricon customer service at (800) 322-2884.