A large recall of Evenflo <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood Gatesâ€”about 150,000 in the United States and 33,000 in Canadaâ€”has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada HC). The agencies are advising consumers to stop using recalled products immediately.
The slats on the recalled Evenflo Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood Gates can break or detach, posing a fall hazard to children. To date, Evenflo has received 142 reports of slats breaking and/or detaching from the gate. Three children gained access to stairs. One of those children fell through the gate and down five steps; another fell down one step. Injuries include four children who sustained bumps and bruises to the head and seven children who sustained minor injuries including scratches, scrapes. and bruises.
The recalled Evenflo Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood Gates were manufactured in Mexico by Evenflo Co. Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio.
The recall involves Evenflo models 10502 and 10512 Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates made from October 2007 through July 2009. The model number can be found on the bottom rail. No other Evenflo model numbers or gates are affected by this recall.
The recalled Evenflo Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood Gates were sold for about $40 at Toys â€œRâ€ Us, Burlington Baby Depot, Kmart, and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and on the Web at Amazon.com and other online retailers from October 2007 through March 2010.
The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to stop using the recalled gate and contact Evenflo to obtain a free newer model 10503 or 10513 Top-of-Stairâ„¢ Plus Wood replacement gate. Evenflo can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-233-5921 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or at the firmâ€™s Web site at safety.evenflo.com.