Class Action Lawsuit Claims Kaba Simplex Pushbutton Mechanical Locks can be Opened with Magnet

A recently filed class action lawsuit claims <"">Kaba Ilco Corp.’s keyless Simplex Pushbutton Mechanical Locks are defective, and can easily be opened with a magnet. The Kaba keyless locks class action lawsuit accuses Kaba Ilco of, among other things, negligence, failure to warn, breach of warranty, and fraud.

The lock models affected by the Kaba keyless lock class action lawsuit are the Simplex Pushbutton Mechanical Locks. This includes the 5000 series, 1000 series, L1000 series, EE1000 series, 8100 series, LP1000 series, 2015 series, 3000 series, 6200 series, 7100 series, 900 series, 9600 series, File Guard, and LD450/470 locks.

According to the Kaba keyless locks class action lawsuit, the PIN code technology employed by the locks can be easily overridden with nothing more than a magnet. By placing a magnet small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand on the front of a Kaba keyless lock, an intruder can have access to a premise in just seconds.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, contends that the Kaba keyless locks have to be replaced.

The Kaba keyless locks, which retail for $300 or more, are used by countless businesses, apartment buildings, hotels, motels, college dorms and even public bathrooms. A PIN number chosen by the lock’s owner is used to operate them, rather than a key, magnetic card, or other means.

Kaba Ilco claims this system is more secure than other types of access control. The company claims the locks are ideal for locations with regular personnel turnover, like data processing centers, employee entrances, research labs, apartment complexes, and dormitories

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