A company is recalling its home elevators because they pose a serious risk of injury and death to children. One death was reported.
The problem with ThyssenKrupp Access (TKA) residential elevators lies in the space between the landing door and the door or gate of the elevator car, according to the announcement on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. Children can become trapped in this space and be injured or even die if the elevator is called to another floor while they are there.
There have been three reports of incidents related to the use of these elevators. One resulted in the death of a 2-year-old child in 2017 and another incident in 2010 left a 3-year-old permanently disabled.
The recall affects approximately 16,800 residential elevators sold between 1996 and 2012. It affects several models, “including Chaparral, Destiny, LEV, LEV II, LEV II Builder, Rise, Volant, Windsor, Independence and Flexi-Lift,” according to the CPSC manufacturer.
Those who own the affected elevators are advised to contact the company at 800-285-9862 or sign up here for a free on-demand site survey and installation. On the other hand, those who do not wish to be visited by an installer at home can receive inspection and installation instructions.
Although the necessary steps have yet to be taken, they should ensure that children do not have access to the elevators, whether they are residents or just visiting.
TKA also advises those with home elevators, even if they are not part of the company, to take extra steps to ensure they are safe for children.
“Take steps to protect children, even if children do not live in your home. Children have been seriously injured or killed in vacation rentals or while visiting grandparents and other homes equipped with an elevator,” the company noted. “Never allow a child to ride in an elevator without an adult, and never allow children to play on or near an elevator.”
The current recall is part of a settlement related to the administrative lawsuit the CPSC filed against the company in 2021.
“The resolution of this matter does not constitute a finding by the Commission, nor an admission by TKA that the elevators are defective or pose a significant product risk,” the CPSC stated.
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