January 27, 2021

Otis Elevator Company Recalls to Inspect Private Residence Elevators Due to Entrapment Hazard; Risk of Serious Injury or Death to Young Children

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Typical Private Residence Elevator with Exterior Landing (Hoistway) Door and Interior Elevator Car (Accordion) Door

Typical Private Residence Elevator with Exterior Landing (Hoistway) Door and Interior Elevator Car (Accordion) Door

Typical scenario depicting a child trapped between an exterior landing (hoistway) door and an interior elevator car door. The exterior door locks the child in the space between the doors when the elevator is called to another floor, putting the child at risk of being crushed or pinned by the elevator car.

Typical scenario depicting a child trapped between an exterior landing (hoistway) door and an interior elevator car door. The exterior door locks the child in the space between the doors when the elevator is called to another floor, putting the child at risk of being crushed or pinned by the elevator car.

Name of product:

Otis and CemcoLift Private Residence Elevators

Hazard:

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.

Recall date:

December 17, 2020

Recall Details

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. 

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. 

Incidents/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.

Sold At:

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.

Manufacturer(s):

Otis Elevator Company of Farmington, Ct. and CemcoLift Elevators Systems, formerly of Hatfield, Pa.  CemcoLift is a former subsidiary of Otis Elevator Company.

Manufactured In:

United States

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