Ricon agrees to consent order

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. – Ricon Corp. has agreed to a consent order that requires the company to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty and to receive increased oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for continuing to sell defective wheelchair lifts even after issuing a recall of the lifts to remedy a potential fire hazard, according to the Department of Transportation. Beginning in September 2012, Ricon recalled more than 4,000 wheelchair lifts that it sold to manufacturers of vans and buses. The recall remedied a defective cable that could spark a fire. In January 2014, however, Ricon informed the NHTSA that it had mistakenly continued to produce and sell the lifts with the safety defect. In March 2014, after an investigation by the NHTSA, it issued another recall for 356 defective lifts.