Nearly 1 Million Child Safety Cabinet Locks Recalled Due to Failure

Nearly 1 Million Child Safety Cabinet Locks Recalled Due to FailureThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of the Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Lock after reports of failure resulted in children ingesting harmful cleaning supplies and other toxic substances.

In total, about 900,000 units of the child safety locks, imported by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. (DJG), have been recalled. DJC has received about 200 reports of locks that failed to secure a cabinet, while other reports say the locks were damaged. The reported incidences confirm 140 children between the ages of nine months and 5 years were able to remove the locks from the cabinets and gain access to what contents were found inside.

Three of these reports include children who, after disengaging the lock, swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner. All three children were treated, observed and released from hospital emergency centers.

Recalled models include Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap numbers 48391 and 48442, which can be found on the back of the product and on its packaging. The CPSC says that anyone who has purchased the locks should immediately remove the device from cabinets and contact the company for a free replacement. Once the locks are removed, consumers should promptly store dangerous items somewhere out of reach of children, the CPSC cautioned.

The CPSC stated it is still working to gather information and reports involving incidents or injuries related to the device and the recall, and that it is interested in receiving reports of a different hazard concerning the same product.

Those who may have been affected by a defective consumer product may want to contact a personal injury attorney to determine the next course of legal action.