Swing-door elevators continue to cause death and injury to kids

In this day and age, life is so technologically advanced that individuals in Nashville and nationwide have come to rely heavily on machines to benefit them. As such, it can become easy to feel comfortable around common machinery; however, it can also be simple to forget that while mechanical products add luxury, comfort and prestige to life, they are known to fail or be designed in such a way that causes unsuspecting users harm.

According to sources, children are often harmed by a design defect of swing-door elevators, which are commonly installed in homes. That's because there is a space between the outer door and the inner door in which children can become trapped and even pushed into the shaft by the elevator. While the statistics are currently incomplete, dozens of children have reportedly been killed or disabled in swing-door elevator accidents over the years. In fact, in the last 20 years there have been at least seven known child deaths that occurred due to these elevators.

Even though this is a known issue, and was even the focus of a countrywide campaign at one time, safety options are not an industry standard and product recalls have not taken place, sources indicate. Stronger inner doors are available for over a thousand dollars, and infrared sensors are another safety feature available; however, consumers are not required to purchase any of these upgrades.

Every year around 5,000 swing-door elevators are sold, with approximately 125,000 currently in use. With an ever-increasing number of elevators being built and industry standards that aren’t geared toward protecting consumers, the number of elevator accidents is sure to increase.

Those who have been harmed by the design defect of a product may benefit from speaking with a products liability lawyer.

Source: Fair Warning, “Elevator Safety Flaws Persist Despite History of Tragic Accidents,” Shawn Hubler, Dec. 18, 2013 

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