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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Entrapment hazard prompts recall of private residence elevators

By Susan Engstrom

The elevators pose a risk of serious injury or death to young children.

Otis Elevator Co., of Farmington, Connecticut, is recalling about 5,000 Otis and CemcoLift Private Residence Elevators because children can become entrapped in the space between the exterior landing (hoistway) door and the interior elevator car door or gate, and suffer serious injuries or death when the elevator is called to another floor (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 21-056, December 17, 2020).

Incidents and injuries. Otis is aware of at least four incidents involving an Otis or CemcoLift private residence elevator that resulted in a crushed spine and abdomen, fractured hip, broken arm and feet, and bruising to the face and chest.

Product description. This recall involves Otis private residence elevators purchased before 2012 and CemcoLift private residence elevators purchased from 1999 to 2012. The elevators are used in consumers’ homes.

The elevators were manufactured in the United States. Otis private residence elevators and parts were sold to independent third-party contractors and, occasionally, directly to consumers through 2012. Otis sold CemcoLift private residence elevators and parts to independent third-party contractors and, occasionally, directly to consumers from approximately 1999 to 2012. Otis and CemcoLift private residence elevators cost approximately $20,000 to purchase and install.

Remedy. Consumers should disable or block children’s access to any Otis or CemcoLift private residence elevator and contact Otis to schedule a free inspection and the installation of space guard(s), if necessary.

Important CPSC Recall Remedy Notice Due to COVID-19. CPSC is advising consumers that because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall notices may not be currently available. Consumers should check with the recalling companies for further details. Moreover, the agency notice reminds consumers that CPSC and the recalling firms urge consumers not to use recalled products.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Otis at 800-233-6847 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.otis.com and click on "IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – PRIVATE RESIDENCE ELEVATORS."

Companies: Otis Elevator Co.

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