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  • Child Safety Locks Recalled Because of Lock Failure

    Posted May 18th, 2012 By in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Product Recall With | Comments Off

    In a press statement, the Dorel Juvenile Group Inc, in cooperation with and in compliance with the rules and regulations of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced the voluntary safety recall of their toilet and cabinet locks because the locks could potentially fail and allow young children unauthorized access to water and dangerous products held within restricted cabinets, posing injury hazards.

    This recall affects roughly 183,000 Safety 1st Sure Fit toilet locks and 685,000 Safety 1st cabinet slide locks that were sold through Bed, Bath & Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target stores, and Walmart from January 2005 through April 2010 and January 2000 through March 2009, respectively. Both locks continued to be available through Amazon online through April 2012. The toilet locks can be identified by the model numbers 48003 and 48103, and the cabinet slide locks can be identified by the model numbers 12013 and 12014. The recall was initiated after Dorel learned that the toilet locks could possibly fail and allow children access to water, posing a drowning risk, and the cabinet locks are able to be disengaged by young children, allowing children access to potentially dangerous items in restricted cabinets. The company has received 110 reports of the toilet locks failing and 71 reports of the cabinet locks offering insufficient security from young children, including one instance of a child swallowing toxic beads from a craft kit; however, the child was not seriously injured.

    Consumers are being urged to remove the recalled locks and to contact the company directly to receive new locks of a different model. Dorel reminds consumers that, when replacing cabinet locks, to store any dangerous or restricted items in a safe place away from young children until a new lock has been installed.

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