A massive recall of nearly 1 million Safety 1st Child Cabinet Locks has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The 900,000 Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks were manufactured in China; imported by Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Inc., of Columbus, Indiana; and sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores, nationwide and online, at Amazon.com from January 2004 through February 2012 for between $2 and $4.
Young children can disengage the cabinet locks, allowing access to cabinet contents and posing the risk of injury, due to dangerous or unsafe items. To date, DJG has received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks.
Of the reported incidents, the firm is aware of 140 children between the ages of 9 months old and 5 years of age who were able to disengage the locks and gain access to the cabinets’ contents. In three of the reported incidents, the children who gained access swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner, or oven cleaner, and were treated, observed, and released from emergency treatment centers.
This recall involves Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. The model numbers are printed on the back of the product and on the product’s packaging.
The locks are used to secure cabinets with two straps that wrap around the knobs or handles on a cabinet door. When the product is in the “lock” position, a green triangle is shown through a window on the device.
The Safety 1st logo is embossed on the front of the lock. The date of manufacture is embossed on the back. The arrow on the date wheel points to the month; the numbers on either side of arrow represent the year of manufacture.
Locks manufactured between January 2004 and November 2010 are included in this recall.
The firm advises consumers to immediately remove the recalled locks from their cabinets and contact DJG for a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock with model numbers HS158 or HS159. When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children.
DJG can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.762.3212 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday or at the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.