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From Products Liability Law Daily, August 3, 2016

Residential elevators with plastic mechanical locks recalled due to serious fall hazard

By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

Porta Inc.,of Arlington Heights, Illinois, has recalled about 60,000 residential elevators with electro mechanical door locks (EMDLs) because the plastic locks can allow the landing door to open before the elevator car arrives, posing a serious fall hazard to consumers attempting to board the elevator (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-238, August 3, 2016).

Incidents and injuries. The firm has received two reports of lock failure. However, no injuries have been reported.

Product description. The recall involves all residential elevators with plastic electro mechanical door locks. The EMDLs are installed as part of a complete residential elevator system. Locks included in this recall have a plastic generation 1, 2, 3 or 4 latch and keeper attached to the upper corner on the elevator side of each landing door. A UL or ETL label affixed to the bottom of the EMDL box has "Porta Inc." printed on it.

These elevators, which were made in the United States, were sold at elevator manufacturers nationwide from January 2005 through December 2011 for between $20,000 and $40,000.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using elevators equipped with the electro mechanical door locks immediately and contact their elevator service company to have the plastic locks replaced with metal parts.

Customer contact. Consumers should contact their elevator service company. Consumers can also contact Porta Inc. toll-free at 844-719-9037 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday or online at and click on "Important Product Safety Notice" for more information. Consumers also can email the firm at

Companies: Porta Inc.

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