CPSC urges Vacation Rental Platforms, AirBnB and Vrbo, TripAdvisor, and Other Organizations to Make Home Elevators Disabled Immediately

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WASHINGTON, July 20, 2021 — https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2021/CPSC – Urges-Vacation Rental-Platforms – AirBnB -Vrbo TripAdvisor-and Other-to-Request-Owners to Disable-Home-Elevators Immediately
Robert Adler, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), today asked for assistance from the vacation rental community following another tragic report about a child who died in a residential elevator. Adler sent a letter to Vrbo and other vacation rental platforms asking them to immediately take steps to protect vulnerable customers.
Adler stated that although the agency is working with the manufacturers, he needed the assistance of businesses that provide vacation rentals. “These deaths and injuries are terrible, and we need the rental agencies and property owners to immediately disable elevators until they are inspected.”
Small children can be crushed to death by residential elevators. If the gap between any exterior door (i.e., hoistway), and the farthest point on the inner door (which are often accordion doors) is too deep, a child may be able to enter and close the hoistway without opening the interior door. This can lead to serious injuries or even death when the elevator car is moving. This gap has resulted in multiple skull fractures, fractured verbrae, and death for children as young as two and as old as twelve years. Others have suffered life-long, devastating injuries. A 7-year-old boy died last week in North Carolina’s vacation home elevator.
Today’s letter marks the first time that the agency has publicly called for vacation rental businesses to take action. The letter asks rental companies and other businesses to immediately notify all renters about the potential danger via email or in a warning message box on their booking or reservation pages. It also requests that all members and “hosts” who use the platforms immediately lock out outer access doors and disable elevators on their properties. Unless and until they provide proof of inspection, which certifies that there is no hazardous gap; and requires all listing owners to inspect their elevators.
The CPSC has issued warnings and recalls as well as a lawsuit regarding residential elevators.
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Otis Elevator Company Residential Elevators December 17, 2020 https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/otiselevator-company/recalls-to inspect-private-residence–elevators-due to-entrapment

Cambridge Elevating Home Elevators March 27, 2019, https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Cambridge–Elevating–Home-Elevators–Due-to–Fall-Hazard.

Waupaca Elevator Home Elevators. October 25, 2018. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Waupaca Elevator-Recalls to-Inspect-Elevators–Due-to–Injury-Hazard.

Porta Residential Elevators. August 3, 2016. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2016/PortaRecalls-Residential Elevators.

Coastal Carolina Residential Elevators. March 19, 2015. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2015/Childs–Catastrophic–Brain-Injury–Prompts–Recall-of–Residential–Elevators.

ThyssenKrupp Access manufacturing Residential Elevators, September 20, 2012. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2012/Residential Elevators-Recalled for-Repair by-ThyssenKrupp–Access-Manufacturing–Due-to-Fall Hazard.
Safety information on residential elevators can be found at the CPSC safety education messages.
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The CPSC will continue to investigate the safety of residential elevators and advises consumers that they report any safety incidents involving residential elevators at http://www.SaferProducts.gov.
About the U.S. CPSC The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public against unreasonable risks of injury and death arising from the use of thousands upon thousands of consumer products. Consumer product incidents result in more than $1 trillion in annual losses to the country in terms of property damage, deaths, and injuries. Over the past 40 years, the number of injuries resulting from consumer product incidents has declined due to the efforts of the CPSC.
Federal law prohibits anyone from selling products that are subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall of a manufacturer or mandatory recall ordered by Commission.
For lifesaving information, visit CPSC.gov. – Sign up to our e-mail notifications. – Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @USCPSC as well as Twitter @USCPSC. – Report a dangerous product, or product-related injury on http://www.SaferProducts.gov.
Release Number: 21-166
SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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