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Ford E Series Recall

Vehicle Make / Model:   Model Year(s):
     FORD / E-SERIES   2005-2007
Manufacturer: NEW ENGLAND WHEELSMfr's Report Date: DEC 18, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V689000NHTSA Action Number: EQ08011
Component: EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 513
Summary: 
  NEW ENGLAND WHEELS IS RECALLING 513 MY 2005-2007 FORD E-SERIES VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH RICON PLATFORM STYLE WHEELCHAIR LIFTS. THESE LIFTS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 403, "PLATFORM LIFT SYSTEMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES." THE ANTI-STOW INTERLOCK MAY NOT DETECT THE PRESENCE OF A WHEELCHAIR OR MOBILITY AID USER. THE PRESSURE SENSING SWITCH THAT DETECTS THE PRESENCE OF WEIGHT ON THE PLATFORM WAS NOT ADJUSTED TO THE NECESSARY SENSITIVITY LEVEL. THE LIFT COULD STOW EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE OR SOMETHING IS STILL ON THE LIFT.
Consequence: 
  A LIFT OCCUPANT CAN BE INJURED SHOULD THE LIFT BEGIN TO STOW UNINTENTIONALLY.
Remedy: 
  NEW ENGLAND WHEELS IS WORKING WITH RICON TO CORRECT THE WHEELCHAIR LIFTS.

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