The reported catastrophic brain injury of a 10 year old child has resulted in a recall of the Elmira Hydraulic residential hydraulic elevators, which were sold exclusively by Coastal Carolina Elevators (http://www.coastalcarolinaelevators.com/). There are approximately 240 units that are affected by this recall, and all owners or consumers that use or possess these should stop using these with immediate effect and contact the company for a free repair, contact details available on their website or at (843) 399-6545.
The CPSC reports that the hazard involved with this residential elevator is that:
The elevator can operate while the gate door is open, posing a crushing hazard.
And which has resulted in:
Coastal Carolina Elevators has received three reports of incidents with the elevators, including one injury that resulted in a catastrophic brain injury to a 10-year-old boy from Baltimore, Md.
According to the website AboutLawsuits – a personal injury claim against Cambridge Elevating Inc. and other defendants:
… on April 2, 2014 in the Circuit Court of Horry County, State of South Carolina, naming Cambridge Elevating Inc., and several other defendants. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of designing, manufacturing and marketing a defective elevator, and failure to adequately test and provide safety instructions for all foreseeable users.
Sadly the injured child suffered traumatic injury when we has pinned between the elevator floor and third floor of the residential builidng, which the family had rented for a Thanksgiving break in 2013. The trapped child had in turn suffered prolonged oxygen deprivation to his heart and brain resulting in the severe injuries sustained.