Residential Elevator Locks May Allow Door to Open Early

The door locks may allow the landing door to open before the elevator car arrives, posing a fall hazard

Residential Elevator Locks May Allow Door to Open Early
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August 4, 2016

Porta has issued a recall of approximately 60,000 residential elevators with electro-mechanical door locks (EMDLs) due to a serious fall hazard.

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.

This 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 one, two, three, or four 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.

The affected elevators were sold at elevator manufacturers nationwide from January 2005 through December 2011 for between $20,000 and $40,000.

The firm has received two reports of lock failure. Although no injuries have been reported, consumers should immediately stop using elevators equipped with the electro-mechanical door locks and contact their elevator service company to have the plastic locks replaced with metal parts.

For more information, consumers can reach Porta at (844) 719-9037.