A family, whose six-year-old son was killed after a garage door closed on him, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Chicago homeowner and two companies believed to have manufactured and installed the door. The child died from compressional asphyxia after he was trapped under the garage door at a relative’s home, according to the medical examiner’s office. The victim’s nine-year-old brother found the child fatally injured and alerted their mother who was in the home. The child had been playing outside the home at the time he was killed.
The suit names the homeowner, Mid-America Door Co. and Sears, Roebuck & Co. as defendants. The suit alleged that the garage door wasn’t equipped with a motion sensor and that the door “could unexpectedly close or fall.” Since 1992, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has required garage door openers to have devices that reverse the door when it comes into contact with a person or object.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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