In an work to minimize the number of deaths to kids who turn out to be entrapped beneath garage doors with automatic openers, the U.S. Customer Item Security Commission (CPSC) right now issued final rules for automatic residential garage door openers. The rules, which will be published within the Federal Register, include revised entrapment protection needs for all automatic residential garage door openers manufactured on or following January 1, 1993 for sale inside the United states. The rules also contain certification needs and recordkeeping specifications for garage door opener producers.






The entrapment protection needs are part of a Congressional mandate inside the Consumer Product Security Improvement Act of 1990. The legislation needs that automatic residential garage door openers manufactured on or just after January 1, 1991 conform for the entrapment protection requirements of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard for Safety, UL 325.


The legislation also calls for that residential garage door openers manufactured on or following January 1, 1993 comply with added entrapment protection specifications developed by UL.


The guidelines issued right now specify these added entrapment protection requirements. The revised typical needs that residential garage door openers contain one of the following:


-External entrapment protection device, like an “electric eye” which “sees” an object obstructing the door with no obtaining actual speak to together with the object. Another similar device would be a door edge sensor. The door edge sensor acts considerably like the door edge sensors on elevator doors.


-Constant speak to manage button that is a wall-mounted button requiring someone to hold inside the control button continuously for the door to close completely. When the button is released ahead of the door closes, the door would reverse and open to the highest position. The remote control transmitter is not going to close the door with this choice.


On top of that, all newly-manufactured garage door openers should involve a sticker warning buyers on the prospective entrapment hazard. The sticker is to be placed near the wall mounted control button.


The entrapment protection needs are aimed at lowering the potential for entrapment between the edge of the garage door and the floor. Considering the fact that 1982, the Commission received reports of 54 children in between the ages of two and 14 who died right after becoming entrapped under doors with automatic garage door openers.


CPSC urges buyers with automatic garage door openers to test the openers based on the manufacturer’s suggestions, to be sure they’ve a reversing function. The reversing function should really then be tested month-to-month. When the door fails to reverse, adjust the door as outlined by the owner’s manual or have it inspected by a professional repairman.


On top of that, owners of automatic garage door openers must teach their young children about garage door security and maintain transmitters and remote controls out of children’s reach.


The certification and recordkeeping specifications issued currently finalize rules proposed by the Commission on March 18, 1992.


The certification rule takes effect 30 days soon after publication in the Federal Register. The rule needs a label on automatic residential garage door openers indicating that the opener conforms together with the entrapment protection requirements of your rule. The label permits buyers to distinguish between complying and non-complying garage door openers. The label is standardized for non-UL listed garage door openers; UL listed openers can continue to work with the UL logo as a certificate of compliance.


The recordkeeping rule, which also requires effect 30 days soon after publication within the Federal Register, calls for producers to retain written records of tests that demonstrate the basis for certification.


CPSC is issuing these guidelines as part of its mission to safeguard the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with customer goods. The Commission’s objective will be to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths connected every single year together with the 15,000 diverse forms of customer solutions under CPSC’s jurisdiction.



The U.S. Customer Solution Security Commission is charged with defending the public from unreasonable dangers of injury or death related with all the use of a huge number of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from customer item incidents expense the nation greater than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to safeguarding buyers and families from merchandise that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s function to help ensure the security of customer solutions – like toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemical compounds — contributed to a decline inside the price of deaths and injuries related with consumer goods over the past 40 years.


Federal law bars any person from selling solutions subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or even a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.