Federal safety regulators have recalled a large number of residential elevators over the years due to life-threatening risks to children, and September is proving to be a good example, with three such recalls issued this month alone. .
All three recalls involve a problem that is relatively inexpensive to fix with space guards or electronic monitoring devices that disable elevators after a child is detected in a gap between the inner and outer doors, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. from USA
One of the recalls involves some of the 15,200 residential elevators made by Custom Elevator, more than a year after a child was crushed to death after becoming entangled in one of the products, according to the agency and the company.
theat a beach rental home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in July 2021. Found between the bottom of the elevator car and the top door frame of the home, the boy’s neck was crushed after he he was apparently trapped between the inner door of the moving elevator and the outer door. death prompted the take steps to protect young children from certain residential elevators.
The personalized elevator memory, announced Thursday, is specific to elevators used in homes and made by the Plumsteadville, Pa., company with hydraulic drives or winding-drum drives. The products were sold to contractors across the country from 2003 through August 2022 for between $10,000 and $25,000, not including installation costs.
People with elevators should keep small children away from them and contact the company to have clearance guards remove any dangerous spaces. Custom Elevator can be reached toll-free at (888) 443-2800 from 8 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday.
Another recall, also announced Thursday, involves about 1,700 residential elevators made in Canada by Cambridge Elevating and sold nationwide from 1991 to August 2022 for between $12,000 and $60,000, including installation.
The company will provide space guards free of charge, who can be reached by calling (866) 207-6551 from 8 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday. No injuries related to Cambridge products have been reported, according to the recall. warning.
Carolina Coast Lifts in 2015 remembered some 240 residential elevators manufactured by Cambridge Elevating after three reported incidents, including one that resulted in a catastrophic brain injury to a 10-year-old boy from Baltimore, Maryland.
Earlier this month, on September 14, the CPSC said it had settled a lawsuit against thyssenkrupp Access Corp., now known as TK Access Solutions, involving three incidents at its elevators, including the death of a two-year-old boy in 2017 and one case in 2010 that permanently disabled a three-year-old boy.
As part of the agreement, the Grandview, Missouri-based company is remembering some 16,800 residential elevators to inspect them and install space guards, if necessary. The recalled products sold for between $15,000 and $25,000 through 2012. Owners can call (800) 285-9862 from 9 am to 5 pm ET, Monday through Friday.
The danger includes elevators made by other companies, with the Washington Post in July 2019. reporting that residential elevators in general had caused the deaths of at least eight children and two serious injuries since 1981.
After decades of lawsuits, the nation’s elevator safety code reduced door clearance in 2017, but the new rules only affected new installations, leaving hundreds of thousands of existing elevators posing a deadly hazard to elevators. small bodies.
According to the CPSC, residential elevators are commonly found in multi-level homes, townhomes, vacation homes and rentals, as well as large homes that have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts or inns. But the elevators have been harrowing for some vacationing families.
Safety advocates have warned for years about catastrophes involving children and home elevators, including the parents of Jordan Nelson, then 10 years old, who was paralyzed in 2013 in an elevator accident at a beach house rented by his family in South Carolina. “He’s got these huge dimples, this brilliant smile and he just knew how to work it.”.