The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. (DJG) of Columbus, Indiana, have announced a voluntary recall of Dorel’s Safety 1st Toilet and Cabinet Locks due to lock failure–as young “children can gain access to water and dangerous items.” Because young children are able to disengage the toilet locks, the lock failure poses the hazard of drowning; and children can also disengage the cabinet locks giving them access to possibly dangerous items thought to be locked in the cabinet. (900,000 of Dorel’s Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks were recalled due to lock failure in March 2012.)
DJG received more than 100 reports that the toilet locks were not effective and over 250 reports that the cabinet locks failed. There were also 71 reports of children under five years of age being able to disengage the cabinet locks–one incident report involved injury to a child from an object swallowed. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12180.html.
This recall involves 183,000 Safety 1st Surefit toilet locks (Models 48003 and 48103) and 685,000 Safety 1st cabinet slide locks (Models 12013 and 12014), manufactured in China and imported to the US by Dorel Juvenile Group. The toilet locks and cabinet locks were sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target and Walmart. The toilet locks were sold from January 2005 through April 2010 for from $8 to $20, and the cabinet locks were sold from January 2000 through March 2009, for from $2 to $11.
Consumers are advised to stop using both the toilet locks and the cabinet locks immediately and may contact DJG on their toll-free number 1(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.
To view photos of the toilet and cabinet locks being recalled, please visit the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12180.html.