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Recall 15V729000

Wheel Chair Platform Mounting Fails - Wheel Chair Modified Vans

Recall Details

The folding link arms of the wheel chair lifts may have pivot holes that are too big, which could cause failure of the mounts of the wheel chair lift platform. The lift platform may fall out of the vehicle when the doors are opened. Dealers will inspect the link arms for damage or displaced bearings and inspect the platform for cracks. All parts that are suspect will be replaced free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles modified for use with wheel chairs by Mobility Works:  The wheel chair lift platform mounts could fail, resulting in the lift platform falling out of the vehicle when the doors are opened. This could cause severe injury.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Ford van must be coordinated by a Ford dealership. Mobility Works will notify owners of affected (a timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ford dealerships, or alternatively Mobility Works. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., November 04, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 04, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
667
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V729000
Component
EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Summary
Mobility Works (WMK Inc.) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Ford E-150, E-250, and E-350 vans modified by Mobility Works to be 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.
Consequence
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.
Remedy
Mobility Works 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 manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mobility Works customer service at 1-800-769-8267, or Ricon Customer Service at 1-800-322-2884. Note: These vehicles and wheelchair lifts were subject to a similar recall in 2014. All vehicles that received that recall remedy are still affected by this recall as well.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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