GA and the Southeast: Advocates Slam Lack of Oversight for in-home Elevators

Home elevators have been a danger to children under 18 years of age for a long long time. According to Safety Research & Strategies Inc. (SRS,)  the Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided to investigate the dangers of home elevators. The SRS is not certain whether or not this research will produce any substantive changes but many hope that this will improve the safety of home elevators that have already caused so many deaths and injuries in the United States.

Most often, children are trapped between the door that opens to the elevator and the sliding doors to the physical elevator itself. The CPSC says that they are in an active and ongoing investigation. The investigation stems from the devastating injuries of a six-year-old boy who was trapped in a home elevator on Christmas Eve. The elevator was a national Wheel-o-Vator. The CPSC says that they have jurisdiction over residential setting elevators as a consumer product.

The products are not required to submit to any mandatory federal standards. The only standards that the elevators must adhere to are industry-written and voluntary ones.

 

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