The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking comments on the renewal of a previously approved information collection on platform lift systems for motor vehicles, including the establishment of minimum performance standards for platform lifts designed for installation on motor vehicles.
Comments must be submitted on or before August 21, 2015.
FMVSS No. 403, “Platform lift systems for motor vehicles,” establishes minimum performance standards for platform lifts designed for installation on motor vehicles. Its purpose is to prevent injuries and fatalities to passengers and bystanders during the operation of platform lifts that assist wheelchair users and other persons with limited mobility in entering and leaving a vehicle.
FMVSS No. 404, “Platform lift installations in motor vehicles,” places specific requirements on vehicle manufacturers or alterers who install platform lifts in new vehicles. Under these regulations, lift manufacturers must certify that their lifts meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 403 and
must declare the certification on the owner's manual insert, the installation instructions, and the lift operating instruction label.
Certification of compliance with FMVSS No. 404 is on the certification label already required of vehicle manufacturers and alterers under 49 CFR part 567. Under these two safety standards, lift manufacturers must produce: an insert that is placed in the vehicle owner's manual; installation instructions; and one or two labels that are placed near the controls for operating the lift in normal mode and in back-up mode.