Mandatory Safety Standard Requested for Residential Elevators
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received a petition requesting that it promulgate a mandatory safety standard for residential elevators to address a hazard of entrapment between the elevator’s interior and exterior doors. The petitioners request that this standard limit the space between these doors to four inches when measured from the inside of the exterior door to the farthest point on the interior door. The petitioners state that the existing voluntary standard has failed to safeguard children from injuries and deaths from the entrapment hazard because that standard allows a wider gap between the doors. Written comments on this petition are due no later than March 23.