23E091 – Lift Threshold Warning Lights Insufficient – Ricon Threshold Warning System Kits (TWS)

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November 22, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23E091000

Lift Threshold Warning Lights Insufficient

Beacons that do not provide proper illumination may be less visible to wheelchair lift users, increasing the risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23E091

Manufacturer Ricon Corporation

Components EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

Potential Number of Units Affected 5,321

 

Summary

Ricon Corporation (Ricon) is recalling certain Threshold Warning System Kits (TWS) with part number RI32885, designed for use with Ricon Baylift and Mirage Series wheelchair lifts. The red beacon lighting on the TWS may not be bright enough. As such, these kits fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 403, “Platform Lift Systems.”

 

Remedy

Ricon will replace the TWS kits, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884.

 

Notes

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.nhtsa.gov.

 


November 22, 2023
Manufacturer: Ricon
Product: Threshold Warning System Kit PN RI32885

Chronology of Defect / Noncompliance Determination

Provide the chronology of events leading up to the defect decision or test data for the noncompliance decision.:

In late August 2023, Ricon was notified by one of its OEM customers that an analysis of the Threshold Warning Kit used in one of its platform lift models suggested that the beacon used in the kit did not meet the 20 candela minimum requirement provided in FMVSS 403, S6.1.4.  After receiving this information, Ricon contacted the supplier of the lighting beacon to investigate the concern.  Ricon also contacted the third-party conducting the analysis of the Threshold Warning Kit on behalf of the OEM to understand its testing process and methodologies.  The beacon supplier informed Ricon that the beacon is rated to “2 mean spherical candle power”.  Following receipt of this information, in September – early October 2023, Ricon investigated further to understand whether any revisions or changes to the specifications of the beacon had occurred since in December 2022, the same third-party facility used by the OEM had provided Ricon with a compliance analysis indicating that the same beacon used in the same Threshold Warning Kit exceeded the candela requirements.

In light of these conflicting results, between mid to late October, Ricon conducted additional analysis of the candela values of the beacon.  Samples of the beacon were taken from Ricon’s facilities and were also provided to the lighting supplier and to the third-party facility for their separate assessments of the candela values.  The lighting supplier’s report was provided in late October 2023, but did not provide a light intensity measurement in candelas as needed.  In early November 2023, Ricon again requested information from the third-party conducting the original compliance assessment on its testing procedures and methodologies as well as to explain why the beacon evaluated in the December 2022 test report indicated it met the light intensity requirements.  In this time frame, Ricon’s investigation also found that the lamps it had sourced for use in the beacon had been certified to meet FMVSS 108 and designed for use in heavy vehicle applications which further suggested to Ricon there was likely an issue with the process by which the beacon was evaluated instead of with the beacon itself.

Additional analysis of the beacon by the supplier, Ricon and the third-party continued into mid-November with each indicating inconsistent light intensity results.  Despite these inconsistent results, on November 17, 2023, Ricon determined that the beacon contained in the threshold warning signal system does not meet the light intensity requirements of FMVSS 403, S6.1.4.  Ricon is not aware of any reports of injury potentially related to this issue.

 


1 Affected Product

Equipment

BRAND PART NO. PRODUCTION DATES
THRESHOLD WARNING KIT RI32885

 


3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23E091-7429.pdf 646.725KB

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Miscellaneous Document – Chronology

RMISC-23E091-5454.pdf 123.693KB

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Noncompliance Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23E091-7901.PDF 225.081KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23E091&docType=RCL

 


 

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