Parents go through hours of trouble, installing child safety locks on their kitchen cabinets, bathroom drawers and endless other household compartments so that their newly mobile children cannot access whatever dangerous items are in those spaces. Unfortunately, if Push ‘N Snap Cabinet locks were used in the child-proof extravaganza, the effort was pointless. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG), today announced a voluntary recall of the Push ‘N Snap locks.
DJG has received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks. Of the reported incidents, the firm is aware of 140 children between the ages of 9 months and 5 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.
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. Locks manufactured between January 2004 and November 2010 are included in the recall. The date of manufacture is embossed on the back.
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.
Please contact our firm if you have been affected by this recall.