Regulators warn of a deadly danger to kids in Airbnb vacation rentals
Federal safety regulators are calling on Airbnb and other vacation rental platforms to take steps to protect young children from a potentially deadly gap involving residential elevators after the death of another child between the product's inner and outer doors.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging the platforms to require the "hosts" using their services to disable residential elevators or provide proof of an inspection certifying hazardous gaps don't exist.
The request comes less than two weeks after the death of a 7-year-old in an elevator at a beach rental home in North Carolina's Outer Banks. The boy was discovered between the bottom of the elevator car and the home's upper door frame, his neck crushed after he apparently became entrapped between the moving elevator's inner accordion door and outer door.
"Residential elevators can pose a deadly but unforeseen hazard to children, particularly children who are encountering them in vacation or rental homes," Robert Adler, acting chairman of the agency said Tuesday in a written appeal for action to safeguard against a gap that may exist between the outer …
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