Lucky escapes after trailer hinges break
Several readers have reported similar problems with their Ifor Williams trailers which are less than 10 years old
OWNERS of Ifor Williams trailers have raised concerns after experiencing problems with the hinges on their front ramps, which they believe could have caused “serious damage” to their horses.
Several individuals have contacted H&H to report cases of broken hinges, with some failing while the trailer was in use.
Cuthill took her daughter to a jumping lesson on 3 August when she noticed flakes of rust around one of the hinges on the front ramp of her 2008 HB506 trailer.
“I prodded about and wiped away the flakes, then decided to unload the horse,” she told H&H. “That’s when the ramp dropped at the right-hand side.
“I managed to get the ramp back up and secure to travel home, but reversed the horse out when we got back to the yard.
“My husband took a look at the hinges, and both had snapped, so we were very lucky the ramp didn’t go completely.
“The trailer had been regularly serviced. I think there should be a recall, or at least free parts and repair from Ifor Williams.”
Loughborough-based Andy Cotterill experienced similar problems when he arrived at a show on 21 August.
The hinges of his 2007 HB510 trailer broke when he took down the front ramp (pictured, above), forcing him to unload the horses backwards.
“The hinges sheared,” he said. “We had to have recovery for both trailer and horses. It could have
done some serious damage if the horses were on the ramp.”
The front ramp hinges of Valeria Schiavetta-Horne’s 2011 HB511 Ifor Williams trailer also gave way. The trailer had been serviced two weeks earlier.
“It could have been a horrific accident,” said Perthshire-based Ms Schiavetta-Horne.
A trailer engineer replaced the hinges on Jackie Henderson’s eight-year-old HB511 trailer on 18 July after she heard there had been problems from other owners.
“I don’t consider replacing hinges after this time reasonable,” she told H&H. “There could be a serious accident with hinges failing as a horse is on the ramp.”
Jill Calder found out her front ramp hinges needed replacing during a service on her HB511 trailer, which was less than seven years old at the time.
“When the mechanic pulled back the black plastic covering on the hinges, he said they were corroded to excess and definitely needed replacing,” she told H&H.
CALLS FOR A RECALL
TRANSPORTER Julie Magnus said she had heard of “quite a few”cases where Ifor Williams ramp hinges had broken.
“I would like to see a recall on the hinges — it seems to be quite a common problem with the trailers that have been built in the past 10 years,” she said.
Bob Jewell of East Midlands Equine Services, who provided replacement hinges for Mr Cotterill’s trailer, said: “If the trailer is kept well, the hinges should not need to be replaced.”
Several of the hinges have failed at events
Ifor Williams trailer owners have been shocked by broken front ramp hinges