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Home elevators recalled due to potentially fatal risk to children: NPR

A graphic shows how a child can be trapped in the small space between a residential elevator car door and the exterior landing door.

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United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

Three companies that sell home elevators have announced voluntary recalls over concerns that children will be trapped inside and risk serious injury or death, federal regulators said Tuesday.

Bella Elevator, Inclinator Company of America and Savaria Corporation have recalled approximately 69,000 elevators that pose a risk of trapping children between the elevator car door and the exterior landing door. Children trapped in the space between the doors could be injured or killed when the elevator car moves.

The companies say they will provide customers with free “space guards” that attach to the exterior landing door and fill the space between the door and the elevator.

“Today’s announcement also reflects the strong and continued commitment of our three companies to work with our installation partners to ensure that future residential elevators are installed in accordance with voluntary safety standards to eliminate dangerous gaps between them. doors or portals of domestic elevator cabs and the doors of elevator shafts, ”the companies said in a joint statement.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which urged consumers to keep unattended young children away from the recalled elevators.

“This is an important step that will prevent further damage from tens of thousands of residential elevators,” CPSC President Alexander Hoehn-Saric said in a statement.

There have been no reported injuries or fatalities involving the products of the three companies, but there have been fatal accidents related to residential elevators. In July, a boy died in a vacation rental in North Carolina after being trapped in the elevator at the house.

The CPSC has not been able to strike deals with all residential elevator companies over the danger, Hoehn-Saric said. He even sued another company, alleging that some of its residential elevator models were installed with a dangerous gap between the two doors.

“As long as this danger persists, I am committed to continuing this work and preventing future trapping injuries and deaths,” Hoehn-Saric said.

A version of this story originally appeared in the Morning edition live blog.


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