Invacare Mobility Powerchairs Control Systems

Notice type: Advisory

Date: 21/03/2012


Product name or type:
Invacare Mobility Powerchairs Control Systems


Manufacturer Or Supplier:
Invacare Ireland Limited

Target Audience:
General public 
Hospital CEOs 
Risk Managers 
Procurement Managers 
Loan Store Managers 
HSE Offices 
Community Care Centres 
Occupational Therapists 
Community Care Managers 
Community Therapists 
Health Visitors 
Educational Establishments

Problem Or Issue:
Invacare issued a field safety notice (FSN) highlighting to users of Invacare mobility powerchairs that the integration of a replacement joystick or power module into a wheelchair or the reprogramming of the existing joystick or power module by someone other than Invacare potentially carries a risk as the functionality and performance of the wheelchair may not conform with the specification as originally supplied.

Background Information Or Related Documents:
Invacare utilises joystick or power modules that are designed and configured for each particular wheelchair model. Any person intending to replace or reprogramme any joystick or power module for an existing user must first: 

• Obtain full details of the original configuration and programming of the wheelchair from Invacare 
• Check with Invacare that the proposed replacement equipment will be compatible 

Invacare circulated their field safety notice, FSN036, to the Irish market in January 2011. Invacare have been unsuccessful in their attempts to date to locate all devices in Ireland affected by this field safety corrective action.

Invacare Mobility Powerchairs Control Systems Document

Actions To Be Taken:
The IMB advises that users ensure the appropriate personnel are made aware of this notice and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in the attached field safety notice.

Further Information:
Enquiries to the manufacturer should be addressed to: 

Neil Harvey 
Invacare Ireland Limited 
5 Seatown Business Campus 
Seatown Road 
Co. Dublin 

Telephone: 01-8107084 
Fax: 01-8107085 

All adverse incidents relating to a medical device should be reported to the: 

Health Products Regulatory Authority 
Kevin O’Malley House 
Earlsfort Centre 
Earlsfort Terrace 
Dublin 2 

Telephone: +353-1-6764971 
Fax: +353-1-6344033 

Click here to download PDF Version of Safety Notice

Click here to download Field Safety Notice

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