July 21, 2015 — Acorn Stairlifts has recalled about 34,500 motorized stair lifts after receiving two reports of people who died after falling when the seat broke.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that the seat post can separate from the main seat support, posing a fall hazard. Two deaths were reported in the United Kingdom. No deaths or injuries have been reported in the United States.
The recall involves the Acorn Superglide 120, a mechanical chair that is installed on residential staircases to transport people with reduced mobility up and down stairs.
Acorn asks consumers to immediately contact the company for a free in-home repair:
“Until the stair lift is repaired, consumers should consider whether to continue using the stair lift based on their ability to safely use the stairs unaided. If a consumer is able to use the stairs safely, then he or she should not use the lift until it is repaired.”
Versions of the Acorn Superglide 120 being recalled:
- Acorn 120 Stairlift
- Acorn 120 Outdoor Stairlift
- Acorn 120 Superglide Stairlift
- Acorn Outdoor Stairlift
- Acorn Slimline Stairlift
The recalled stair lifts were manufactured between March 2007 and March 2011 for about $3,400. They are marked with have serial numbers between 110101209781 and 110202352678.
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