Federal safety regulators have recalled residential lifts for years due to potentially fatal risks to children, and September is proving to be a case in point, with three such recalls issued this month alone.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, all three of these recalls include a problem that is relatively inexpensive to fix with a space guard or electronic monitoring device, which can be detected in the gap between a child’s interior and exterior doors. Later deactivates the lift.
One of the recalls includes 15,200 residential elevators built by Custom Lifts, more than a year after a child crushed a child after being stuck in one of the products, according to the agency and company.
At a beach rental home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July 2021. Found under the elevator car and between the upper door frame of the house, the boy’s neck was crushed as he was trapped between the inner accordion door and the outer door of the moving elevator. death inspired Taking steps to protect young children from certain residential lifts.
The custom elevator recall, announced Thursday, is specific to elevators used in people’s homes and made with a hydraulic drive or curved drum drive by the Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, company. Excluding installation costs, products were sold to contractors nationwide for between $10,000 and $25,000 from 2003 to August 2022.
People with elevators should keep small children away from them and contact the company for free space guards to eliminate any dangerous gaps. The Custom Elevator is accessible toll-free at (888) 443-2800 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
Another recall, also announced Friday, involves approximately 1,700 residential elevators built in Canada by Cambridge Elevating and sold nationwide for between $12,000 and $60,000 from 1991 to August 2022, including installation.
Space Guards will be provided free of charge by the company, which can be reached at (866) 207-6551 Eastern Time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to the recall notice, no injuries have been reported related to Cambridge products.
In 2015 Coastal Carolina Elevators recalled approximately 240 residential lifts built by Cambridge Elevating after three reported incidents in which a 10-year-old boy from Baltimore, Maryland, was injured as a result of a catastrophic brain injury.
Earlier this month, on September 14, the CPSC said it had settled a claim against thyssenkrupp Access Corp., now known as TK Access Solutions, over three incidents, including one in 2017. Including the death of a 2-year-old child and the 2010 case. which permanently disabled a 3-year-old child.
As part of the agreement, the Grandview, Missouri-based company is recalling 16,800 residential lifts so they can be inspected and space guards installed if necessary. The recalled products sold for between $15,000 and $25,000 through 2012. Homeowners can call (800) 285-9862 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday.
The threat includes elevators made by other companies, with the Washington Post reporting in July 2019 that at least eight children died and two were seriously injured as a result of the massive residential lifts.
After decades of lawsuits, the country’s elevator safety code reduced door gaps in 2017, but the new rules only affected new installations, making hundreds of thousands of existing elevators a deadly threat to small bodies.
According to the CPSC, residential elevators are commonly found in multi-level homes, townhomes, vacation homes and rentals as well as larger homes that were converted into inns or bed and breakfast hotels. But the lift has proved heartbreaking for some holidaying families.
Safety advocates have warned over the years about devastation involving children and home elevators, including those of the parents of then 10-year-old Jordan Nelson, a beachcomer rented by his family in South Carolina in 2013. was paralyzed in a lift accident in his house. “He has such big dimples, this bright smile and he just knew how to work it,”,