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NHTSA Recall 12V427000

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Vehicles:  Ford E-Series
Topics:  Braun, MobilityWorks

NHTSA Recall 12V427000

NHTSA Campaign ID number : 	12V427000
	
Vehicle Make / Model: 	    	Model Year(s):
     MOBILITYWORKS / FORD E-SERIES 	    	2006-2011
Manufacturer: MOBILITY WORKS 	Mfr's Report Date: AUG 31, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V427000 	NHTSA Action Number: EQ12005
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,219
Summary:
WMK Inc., d/b/a MobilityWorks, is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Ford E-Series vehicles equipped with Century-2 and/or Vista-2 wheelchair lifts. Over time and with frequent use, the roll stop latches on the outer barrier may become bent or misaligned.
Consequence:
A wheelchair occupant may defeat or ride over the insufficiently latched roll stop. If this occurs when the lift platform is in an elevated position, the wheelchair's occupant could fall and sustain injury.
Remedy:
MobilityWorks will notify owners, and the repairs will be performed by authorized Braun dealers free of charge. MobilityWorks has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MobilityWorks at 1-800-769-8267.
Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


NHTSA Action Number: EQ12005 Braun Wheelchair Lifts

SUMMARY: On January, 31, 2012, Braun Corporation (Braun) notified the NHTSA that it had decided a defect exists in certain Century-2 and Vista-2 wheelchair lifts, manufactured from November 20, 2006 through September 10, 2010, and installed on various vans and transit buses. Over time and with frequent use, the roll stop latches on the outer barrier may become bent or misaligned. Should this occur, a wheelchair occupant may defeat or ride over the insufficiently latched roll stop. If this occurs when the lift platform is in an elevated position, the wheelchair's occupant could fall and sustain injury. NHTSA assigned recall number 12E-002 to this matter. On April 30, 2012, the Recall Management Division (RMD) mailed an Information Request (IR) letter to Braun requesting a list of all customers that purchased the defective wheelchair lifts. On May 10, 2012, Braun submitted a list of purchasers to NHTSA’s Office of the Chief Counsel (NCC) requesting confidentiality for its business records. On October 2, 2012, NCC responded to Braun’s request for confidentiality with a letter granting Braun’s request. On June 11, 2012, RMD mailed IR letters to sixteen (16) manufacturers that were detailed in Braun’s purchaser list. Seven (7) manufacturers chose to conduct safety recalls for their affected vehicles. Additionally, Forest River, Inc. submitted two (2) Part 573 Reports recalling both affected Forest River and Glaval Bus vehicles. Three (3) IR letters were undeliverable. Two (2) companies, Ameritrans Bus Company and Accubuilt, Inc. did not respond to RMD’s IR letter. Braun’s purchaser list also included a number of authorized dealerships that install and service Braun wheelchair lifts. RMD chose to contact twenty-seven (27) of these dealerships as they received sizable quantities of recalled wheelchair lifts which may have been installed on new vehicles. On August 21, 2012, RMD mailed an additional twenty-seven (27) IR letters these Braun dealerships. Twelve (12) companies provided responses explaining their product was returned, no actual defective product was received, or their units were not installed into new motor vehicles. Eight (8) companies filed Part 573 Reports and conducted safety recalls for their altered vehicles. Seven (7) of these companies did not respond to RMD’s IR letter. These nonresponsive companies were: Ride-Away Corporation, The Mobility Specialist, Cummings Mobility Conversions, Fenton Mobility Products, Advanced Wheels of Technology, Inc., and Gresham Driving Aids. In total, fifteen (15) companies filed Part 573 Reports with NHTSA and conducted safety recalls for this matter. The nine (9) companies that did not respond have been forwarded to NCC for possible enforcement action. This EQ influenced the following safety recalls: 12V-326 - Prime-Time Specialty Vehicle, Inc. 12V-292 – Molly Corporation 12V-344 – Double K, Inc. 12V-404 – Turtle Top 12V-281 – Coach & Equipment Mfg. Corp. 12V-356 – Eldorado National Kansas, Inc. 12V-293 – Forest River, Inc. 12V-321 – Forest River, Inc. / Glaval Bus 12V-427 – Mobility Works 12V-442 – Mobility Transportation Services, Inc. 12V-437 – National Van Builders, Inc. 12V-433 – Quality Van Sales, Inc. 12V-440 – New England Wheels Inc. 12V-449 – Mobility Services 12V-584 – Creative Bus Sales, Inc. 12V-443 – C&C Mobility This EQ is closed.

Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
31 August 2012DEFECT NOTICE UNDER 49 CFR Part 573 Mobilityworks Vehicles with Braun Lifts
From: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
To: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 95KB - 2 pages
10 September 2012Wheelchair Lift/Outer Roll Stop Latching Mechanism
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 49KB - 2 pages
11 September 2012DEFECT NOTICE UNDER 49 CFR Part 573- AMMENDMENT (recall #12V-427) Mobilityworks Vehicles with Braun Lifts
From: Dennis Summers, MobilityWorks
To: Alexander Ansley, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 12V427000

PDF
- 261KB - 1 page


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