The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks by the Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Inc. of Columbus, IN.
Approximately 900,000 of these safety locks, designed to keep children out of cabinets, have been recalled by DJG. According to the company, it has been confirmed that young children can open the cabinet locks, thus allowing them access to cabinet contents and posing a risk of injury due to what may be dangerous or unsafe items being stored in the cabinet.
DJG indicated that they have received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure cabinets they were placed on, as well as reports of damaged locks. DJG confirmed that they are aware of 140 children between the ages of nine months and five years old who were able to open the locks and subsequently gain access to the contents of the cabinets. In three incidents, DJG reported, the children swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner. They were treated, observed, and released from emergency treatment facilities.
This 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 arrow represent the year of manufacture.
The recalled locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retail stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, from January 2004 through February 2012.
The locks were manufactured in China
DJG says 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. When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children.
For additional information, consumers may contact DJG toll-free at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.djgusa.com.
The CPSC reminds consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.