About 41,300 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">The First Years American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers that they should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The installed latches can break and children could gain access to contents of a cabinet, posing the risk of exposure to hazardous items. The First Years has received seven reports of latches breaking. No injuries have been reported, to date.
The recalled The First Years American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks, which were manufactured in China and imported by Learning Curve Brands Inc. d/b/a The First Years, of Oak Brook, Illinois, were sold at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and other retail stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2008 through September 2010 for about $4 per pair.
This recall involves The First Years American Red Cross cabinet swing locks with item number Y7181. The latches are mounted on cabinets or drawers to help prevent young children from gaining access and were sold two per blister card.
An America Red Cross logo and “cabinet swing lock” is printed on the package. “American Red Cross” is molded onto the front of the lock. A date code is printed on the bottom of the back of the package and on the back side of each latch just above the connection point.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately remove the latches from cabinets, record the date code on the back of each latch, and contact The First Years to obtain a $5 coupon toward the purchase of another Learning Curve product. When removing the latches, consumers should take special care to store hazardous items out of reach of children.
The First Years can be reached, toll-free, at (866) 725-4407 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.recalls.thefirstyears.com.