US CPSC Announces Investigation of Home Elevator Accidents

Partners at Atlanta-based Cash, Krugler & Fredericks presented evidence of hazard to spur recall

Online PR News – 31-August-2013 – Atlanta, GA – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this week issued a statement announcing that it has “an active and ongoing compliance investigation regarding the safety of residential elevators and the entrapment hazard they can present.”

In March 2013, partners Andy Cash and Dave Krugler travelled to Washington, DC to present the CPSC with data, research and expert reports detailing the defects in home elevators and outlining the simple design solutions. After working with the Helvey family on the tragic elevator accident that caused severe brain damage to their then-3-year-old son Jacob, they wanted to make sure these needless deaths and injuries never affect another family.

For decades children have been killed and severely injured due to a defect in the design of the elevators that allows too much space between the outer door and the accordion-style door of the elevator car, so that children as old as 12 can fit between them. As happened with the Helvey child, when the elevator car is called it traps the child, resulting in severe injury or death.

“The elevator industry and its regulating body, ASME, have known about the entrapment hazard in residential elevators for decades,” said Dave Krugler. “Despite their knowledge of children being seriously injured and killed, they have refused to take action to eliminate the hazard. There are simple design solutions that must be implemented both going forward and retroactively to prevent future injuries and deaths.”

Their hope in meeting with the CPSC in March was for immediate action, including an industry-wide recall. this week published its second article on the investigation, “A Compliance Investigation on Home Elevators: Going Down.” The first article, “The Design Hazard That’s Been Killing Children for Decades,” appeared in July.

“We are encouraged the CPSC has commenced its own investigation into these issues and hope that quick action will take place,” Krugler said. “The residential elevator industry has demonstrated for decades that it will not eliminate the entrapment hazard unless it is forced to do so. The CPSC has the power and responsibility to ensure that happens as soon as possible.”

About Cash, Krugler & Fredericks
Founded in 2003, Atlanta law firm Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, LLC, represents clients throughout the state of Georgia and across the country for personal injury and death cases, auto and trucking accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and premises liability cases. The firm focuses on personal attention and service and works with a small number of select clients to maximize the recovery for each one. For more information on Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, visit