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NEFEA & Rosenbauer America
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Ford Seat Base Concern


Ford Seat Base Concern

We have recently received reports concerning the failure of a specific Ford component in Econoline Type II and Type III vehicles. Although this is a minor component, it’s critical location has the potential of creating a serious problem if it fails. Specifically, a wire spring in the bottom of the driver’s seat in some ambulance units has broken, and the detached end of that broken spring has evidently dropped into the driver’s seat base. One of these incidents apparently resulted in a fire which destroyed the vehicle. On most ambulances, regardless of brand, this seat base houses wiring for the ambulance conversion and aftermarket radio and computer installations.  Be advised that this same configuration and potential risk may consist on all Ford Type II and Type III ambulances regardless of manufacturer. In addition, the identical problem potentially exists for wheelchair and bus vehicles on Econoline chassis which may also utilize this type of design.  A seat base cover which can and should installed on any Econoline modified vehicle. This cover will not prevent a broken or detached spring from protruding into the seat base.