SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 15, April 12, 2012

NHTSA Amends Rule Covering Platform Lifts for Motor Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revised the platform lift standards—Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 403 and 404. The rules are intended to prevent injuries when lifting a person seated in a wheelchair or scooter or standing passengers who may be aided by a cane or walker.

The NHTSA has revised the lighting requirements for lift controls, along with the location and performance requirements. The agency has also modified the wheelchair retention device and inner roll stop tests and the lighting requirements for public-use lifts. The changes take effect October 2, 2012, although earlier compliance is permitted. 

Questions may be directed to Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.