In general, it is thought that products were made better “back in the day.” Furniture was made out of solid wood and steel was used rather than plastic. Over the past 40 years, the garage door industry has only seen improvements with expansive options and security features to allow convenience and safety in every home. The first attempt to make garage doors safe was to require that they reverse when hitting an object on the way down or up. Many garage door openers did not comply with this rule and it was excused with a red warning label.
But–there was a turning point in the early 90’s when new safety standards were implemented. After multiple accounts of children being killed by a closing garage door the law was passed. All garage door opener manufacturers were required to include safety sensors with every opener sold. Some manufacturers did not comply with the changes in time and shut down as a result. It was realized that garage doors needed to not only be reliable but safe. In recent years, manufacturers have gone above and beyond to include even more safety features to make your home as safe as possible.
Below is a statement from LiftMaster, one of the leading manufacturers who’s products we proudly carry:
We are committed to the highest standards of product safety. Over the years, the LiftMaster® brand has led the industry in introducing innovative product safety features. As a company, we have manufactured garage door openers for 50 years with a safety record that ranks as one of the best in the industry.…In 2008, Chamberlain made the decision to stop supporting the repair of all pre-1993 LiftMaster garage door openers, this includes technical service support and the sale of replacement parts. We believe this decision will provide you with the latest in technology and more safety, security, and convenience features.To insure the highest degree of safety and customer satisfaction, we believe it is important that pre-1993 garage door openers are replaced, as opposed to being repaired… We believe this decision is in the best interest of our customers, as safety always comes first.