Recall: Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks
On 2012-05-17, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks due to a potential drowning and injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2000 for about $2 to $20.
About 900,000 units are involved in this Dorel toilet lock recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Safety Latches category in 2012.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 416-8105
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What is the problem?
Young children can unexpectedly disengage the toilet locks and gain access to water in the toilet, posing the risk of drowning. The cabinet locks are being recalled because young children can disengage the lock, posing the risk of injury from dangerous or unsafe items stored in the cabinet.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
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 cabinet slide 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.
This product was also sold in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1609
In March 2012, 900,000 Safety 1st Push 'N Snap cabinet locks were recalled due to lock failure.
These items were sold new+ 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.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately remove the recalled 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.
For additional information, please contact DJG toll-free at (877)416-8105 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.djgusa.com.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
DJG has 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. In addition, DJG has 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 next day.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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