Safety 1st just issued a large recall for its toilet and cabinet child safety locks because they may fail to lock , the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. About 183,00 Safety 1st Toilet Locks and 685,000 Safety 1st Cabinet Locks are involved in the recall.
The defective Safety 1st products were manufactured in China and imported by the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Inc., of Columbus, Indiana. The Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks were sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond; Burlington Coat Factory; Great Beginnings; Home Depot; Target; and Walmart from January 2005 through April 2010 for between $8 and $20 for the toilet locks, and from January 2000 through March 2009 for between $2 and $11 for the cabinet locks. Amazon.com sold both locks through April 2012.
Young children can unexpectedly disengage the toilet locks and gain access to water in the toilet, posing a drowning risk. The cabinet locks are being recalled because young children can disengage the lock, which poses the risk of injury from dangerous or unsafe items that are stored in the cabinet.
To date, DJG received 110 reports of toilet locks that did not adequately secure the lid, including eight reports of children, under the age of two, who were able to disengage or break the lock. DJG has also received 278 reports of cabinet locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including 71 reports of children between the ages of eight months and five years old who were able to disengage the cabinet locks. In one of the reported incidents, a 13-month-old boy swallowed small, toxic beads from a craft kit. The child was admitted to the hospital, observed overnight, and released the following day.
This recall involves Safety 1st Sure Fit Toilet Locks with model numbers 48003 and 48103. The toilet lock is attached to the tank, behind the lid, and is intended to prevent a child’s access to the toilet bowl. This recall also involves Safety 1st Cabinet Slide Locks with model numbers 12013 and 12014. The lock is attached to cabinet knobs or handles to prevent access to the contents of the cabinet. Model numbers can be found on the back of the locks.
The firm advises consumers to immediately remove the recalled Safety 1st locks and contact DJG for a free replacement lock of a different model. When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children and to prevent unsupervised access to bathrooms. DJG can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.416.8105 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.
The CPSC noted that, in March 2012, a large recall of 900,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks was implemented due to lock failure. That release can be accessed at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12136.html.