July 21, 2015 — Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts has issued a recall after two people died when the chair on the motorized stair lift broke.
The mechanical chair lifts are designed to be installed in a staircase. They help people with limited mobility get up and down stairs in the home.
The problem is that the seat post can separate from the main seat support, posing a fall hazard, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). The deaths were reported in the United Kingdom. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States.
Acorn recommends contacting the company for a free in-home repair as soon as possible:
“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.”
The recall involves the Acorn Superglide 120, which was sold from March 2007 until March 2011 for about $3,400. Serial numbers range from 110101209781 to 110202352678. The following versions are subject to recall:
- Acorn 120 Stairlift
- Acorn 120 Outdoor Stairlift
- Acorn 120 Superglide Stairlift
- Acorn Outdoor Stairlift
- Acorn Slimline Stairlift
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