900,000 Child Cabinet-Safety Locks Recalled
In conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, importer Dorel Juvenile Group has announced a cabinet safety lock recall. The recall covers 900,000 Safety 1st Push 'N Snap cabinet locks sold between January 2004 and February 2012.
The voluntary cabinet safety lock recall has been issued in response to complaints that the locks were not properly securing cabinets. Out of 200 consumer reports, approximately 140 involved children between 9 months and 5 years of age who were able to disengage the locks.
Three of those cases involved children who required emergency medical attention after ingesting household chemicals.
The recall covers Push 'N Snap locks that secure cabinets with two straps that wrap around the cabinet's knobs or handles, according to the CPSC. A window will show a green triangle when it is in the "locked" position. The Safety 1st logo is embossed on the front of the lock. Model numbers 48391 or 48442 and the date of manufacture -- between January 2004 and November 2010 -- will be printed on the back of the product.
The locks were sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, along with other retail stores and online at Amazon.com. They cost between $2 and $4.
If you are currently using any of the recalled cabinet safety locks, you should immediately remove all dangerous items from your cabinets and place them out of the reach of young children. Dorel Juvenile Group will be providing a free replacement, which you can request by calling (866) 762-3212 or visiting the company's website at www.djgusa.com.
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