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There's an elevator uniquely dangerous to children

There are an estimated 125,000 in residential homes or buildings across the nation. They are a hot item, with approximately 5,000 sold per year in the recent past. They have also caused a significant number of injuries to children; in a portion of only two east coast states from the years 1983 to 1993, there were 34 children injured or killed by this dangerous product. Yet, few people know of the risk for child injury.

The product that we are talking about is the swing-door elevator. This kind of elevator is one that is disguised or hidden behind a traditional doorway that swings open into a room or hallway. Behind this door is a small space that leaves just enough room for a child to get into but they are left unable to get out.

When a child becomes trapped inside this space, they can become crushed should someone activate the elevator. Three years ago, a now 6-year-old boy was left a quadriplegic, unable to speak after his body was crushed in this manner and his brain was starved for oxygen. A swing-door elevator had been installed in the child’s home to help his elderly grandmother, but his parents were unaware of the risk for injury.

“We never had any idea this could happen,” said the child’s father, “but what we found out was, the industry knows all about this.”

Why the secrecy? There are a few factors that could contribute to this truly hidden danger. For one, when these elevators are installed in private homes, a city inspection is often skipped that would have brought the danger to light for the homeowner.

Another factor may be that many manufacturers don’t choose to either require or even insist that extra safety features are added. Manufacturers, on the other hand, claim that these doors are too often improperly installed.

Whether a device has been improperly installed or is simply a dangerous product, those that are injured in Minneapolis may have a products liability claim.

Source: The Modesto Bee, “‘Swing-door’ elevators blamed for child injuries,” Shawn Hubler, Dec. 18, 2013

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