Nearly 1 million Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks have been recalled. The locks were recalled because young children can disengage them, allowing access to cabinet contents and posing the risk of injury. There have been 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks.
Of the reported incidents, Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Inc., of Columbus, Ind., the company that distributes Safety 1st products, is aware of 140 children between the ages of nine months and five years who were able to disengage the locks and gain access to the cabinet’s contents. In three of the reported incidents, the children who gained access swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner, and were treated, observed and released from emergency treatment centers.
The recall involves Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. The model numbers are printed on the back of the product and on packaging. The locks are used to secure cabinets with two straps that wrap around the knobs or handles on a cabinet door. When the product is in the “lock” position, a green triangle is shown through a window on the device. The Safety 1st logo is embossed on the front of the lock. Locks manufactured between January 2004 and November 2010 are included in the recall. The date of manufacture is embossed on the back. The arrow on the date wheel points to the month and the numbers of either side of the arrow represent the year of manufacture.
The locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2004 through February 2012 for between $2 and $4. Consumers should immediately remove the recalled locks from cabinets and contact DJG for a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock with model numbers HS158 or HS159. For additional information, contact DJG toll-free at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.djgusa.com.
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