The family of a 16-year-old teen fatally crushed in a 2006 elevator accident settled its civil lawsuit with Schindler Elevator K.K. and other parties at the Tokyo District Court on Friday.
A lawyer for the family of Hirosuke Ichikawa said both sides agreed that Schindler Elevator and the other defendants will express regret over the accident and take steps to prevent similar accidents.
The settlement does not include words of apology, the lawyer said. While the amount the defendants will pay the family was not disclosed, part of the money will be used to set up a foundation that will finance the family’s activities regarding elevator safety.
The other defendants are maintenance firm SEC Elevator and Tokyo’s Minato Ward, which owns the apartment where the accident occurred.
In June 2006, the elevator car suddenly ascended when the teen getting off, fatally crushing him between the floor and door frame.
The family sued for ¥250 million at the Tokyo court in December 2008, claiming Schindler Elevator, the Japanese unit of Switzerland’s Schindler group, was responsible under the product liability law.
“The settlement doesn’t mean an end to my son’s case,” the victim’s mother, Masako Ichikawa, said at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. “I want my son’s life to be utilized to ensure the safety of elevators.”