More than 800,000 Safety 1st cabinet locks and toilet locks that are intended to keep children from danger are being recalled after hundreds of parents reported that they don't work, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.
This comes just two months after the same company recalled 900,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks, also due to lock failure.
Dorel Juvenile Group, the parent company of Safety 1st, says it received 278 reports that cabinet locks either didn't properly secure cabinets and another 110 reports that the toilet locks didn't work right. Among those were reports of dozens of small children who were able to open the supposedly childproof locks.
Generally, companies are required by federal law to immediately report product failures with the potential to lead to serious injury. Consumers can report potential product defects on the government's SaferProducts.gov site.
The products being recalled are:
- Safety 1st Sure Fit toilet locks with model numbers 48003 and 48103. The locks attach to the tank behind the lid.
- Safety 1st cabinet slide locks with model numbers 12013 and 12014. These are slide locks that attach to cabinet knobs or handles. The model number is on the back of the locks.
The recalled products were made in China and sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target and Walmart. The toilet locks were sold from January 2005 through April 2010 for between $8 and $20 and the cabinet locks were sold between January 2000 through March 2009 for between $2 and $11. The CPSC said Amazon.com sold both locks through April 2012.
If you have any of the recalled products, you are asked to remove them - and any dangerous contents from the cabinets - and contact Dorel to get replacement locks.
For more information, call Dorel at (877) 416-8105 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time or go to their website.
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