Approximately 900,000 Safety 1st Push 'N Snap cabinet locks are being recalled by importer Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) of Columbus, Ind. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the safety latches can be disengaged by children, giving them access to the dangerous items meant to be secured within the locked cabinets.
The CPSC says the company has received about 200 reports of the safety locks not adequately securing the cabinets to which they were attached. in 140 of those reports, children ranging from 9 months to 5 years in age managed access to items within the cabinets reported locked by Push 'N Snap latches. In three of those cases, the children swallowed household cleaners and had to be treated in hospital emergency rooms.
The CPSC warns consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Push 'N Snap cabinet locks and store all dangerous items out of reach of children. Consumers with the recalled safety locks should also contact DJG for free replacement locks.
As part of Poison Prevention Week, the CPSC and Consumer Reports safety experts remind consumer to keep the 24-hour hotline to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (800-222-1222) close at hand. Experts also recommend that all hazardous items—household cleaners, pesticides, prescription drugs and medicines—should be kept in their original containers since the products' labels contain valuable information that will be needed in case of accidental ingestion.
For more safety advice, also check out:
- Simple tips to keep kids safe at their grandparents' house
- Consumer Reports' Babies & kids section
- Consumer Reports video: Poison safety (see below)
This current CPSC recall notice 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 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 arrow represent the year of manufacture.
The recalled DJG cabinet locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, 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 (toll-free: 866-762-3212 website: www.djgusa.com) for a free replacement Push 'N Snap lock with model numbers HS158 or HS159. When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children.
Safety 1st Cabinet Locks Recalled Due to Lock Failure; Children Can Gain Unintended Access to Dangerous Items [CPSC]
Push 'n Snap Cabinet Lock Recall [Dorel Juvenile Group]
Cabinet Latch inspection and recall process [DJG]